Freelance writing. Out of the urban clutter of the East and now situated on the Pittwater.
Published November 18th 2013
What are the live export industry issues?
The issue at hand is the cruel treatment of animals bred as livestock by the countries that they are exported to. The conditions that they have to survive whilst being transported and our ignorance as to their treatment.
In 2011, the Australian Government stopped live exports to Indonesia after the abuse of animals was televised on the ABC Four Corners program. Public outrage was significant.
Animals Australia says that these conditions have not improved and that recent investigations have resulted in " ... an official complaint with the Federal government highlighting that the evidence provided contains 61 different breaches of the basic standards expected from workers in abattoirs — including not checking that cattle were dead before they were being butchered."
With a whole industry at stake and with years of experts requesting stronger guidelines for the treatment of animals during transportation and upon arrival, it seems that the main issues have not been dealt with.
What are our options? PETA wants to inform you about what they think of our live animal export trade and I wish to encourage you to make the effort to be possibly shocked, saddened, but also enlightened by their exhibition in Martin Place this Wednesday.
PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) will be in Martin Place this Wednesday to educate us, inform us and hopefully sway us to take some form of action.
The objective of the exhibition is to expose the cruelty that our livestock endure from the present live export trade. The Australian live animal export industry is worth masses of money, earning over 995 million dollars in 2009 alone. Our export animals endure difficult transport conditions to say the least and bizarre ritual killings in some circumstances. What are our ethical choices that can make our animal export trade ethical?
PETA will be taking "screaming cuddly toys to the streets of Sydney in a powerful exhibition. You'll hear the distressing bleating and mooing which is common aboard a live export ship."
PETA wishes you to "come down to take photos and show your support."