Legislate to end the cruel live export trade
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As my elected representative I urge you to call for immediate action to prevent any more animals from suffering as a result of live exports. The cruelty inflicted on Australian cattle in Gaza shown on ABC’s Lateline on 22/10/14 was horrific, yet it comes almost 12 months after similar shocking scenes from Gaza were first reported. I ask you, how was this allowed to happen? I, along with thousands of other Australians, was led to believe that the Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System (ESCAS) would protect our animals from such suffering – instead the system has completely failed them. Please do what you can to ensure there is an immediate investigation into this incident and help bring an end to these repeated scenes of suffering.
A phase-out of live exports not only makes sense from an animal welfare perspective but also from an economic one. Meat exports are worth nine times more than the live export trade: over 93% of livestock raised in Australia are slaughtered here. The vast majority of Australian farmers have nothing to do with the live export trade: only 4% of sheep producers and 12% of Northern cattle producers rely on it as their main source of income. Transitioning these producers from high- risk live exports to the more stable meat export trade would boost economic opportunities in rural and regional communities and help safeguard Australia’s clean green image.
Australian animals deserve protection. This cruelty should not, and does not, have to continue. It’s time for serious steps to be taken to protect Australian farmers and ensure the welfare of our animals by implementing a phase-out of this cruel and unnecessary industry and replacing it with a meat-only trade.
I look forward to your response.
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