VALE agrees with Ms Chesters that there is a long way to go with animal protection in Australia but cruelty by farmers or transporters such as that described in Bendigo can, at least nominally, be investigated and potentially prosecuted in this country. This is not the case once animals are exported.
Ms Chesters should acknowledge that millions of Australians are appalled by what they see of the horrors of the journey and the slaughter of animals exported from this country. It's called compassion. And if these horrors were routine in Australia then they would be equally appalled and expect potential leaders such as Ms Chesters to do something about it.
There is something deeply offensive about the smug reference to 'keyboard warriors'. These Australians are motivated to contact their elected representatives and yet are dismissed out of hand as ignorant. These Australians are taxpayers and voters and they are treated with contempt.
Ms Chesters' ramblings show a lack of knowledge of animal suffering in live export as well as the economic consequences to local economies. VALE supports the Labor policy to establish an Independent Office of Animal Welfare. We wonder whether Ms Chesters is aware of its existence.