MYTHS OF LIVE TRADE
AFTER all the exposure of what really happens on live export ships, the myths surrounding this appalling trade continue to astound me.
A common bleat is that "oh, it's just one isolated incident". While I won't get into why even one "incident" like this isn't acceptable to a civilised nation, let me say to those people: no, absolutely it's not isolated.
The repeated breaches are well documented over many years. The live export industry itself considers 2 per cent mortality 'acceptable' (thousands of animals dying per shipment) while ignoring the suffering of a much more massive number who didn't actually expire (but probably wish they did). That's just whitewashing suffering and normalising animal cruelty.
Another tired old refrain I hear from people who don't think past their noses is "if we don't provide the animals some other country would". Tosh! Apart from the reputational risk from repeated incidents and regulatory breaches, there is no justification to perpetuate ongoing cruelty when we can transition to a chilled meat trade. It gives us better control over our animals, is more profitable and keeps jobs in Australia.
Supply your own animals - or better yet, get chilled Australian meat from the 70 per cent-plus of slaughterhouses who are halal-accredited.
With live export consisting of just a small fraction of total meat production in Australia, it's time to stop. Let's help those involved transition to a better way of doing things. JEHNI THOMAS-WURTH Kelmscott