Australia prides itself on animal welfare....but the rules change once one goes over the 26th parallel.....eg think of ASEL's lack of bedding requirements on live ex boats that carry stock from above the 26th parallel. For anyone used to the northern pastoral industry, the footage shown to Israeli audiences this week would be regarded as "the norm". This was aptly summed up by the pragmatic Australian stockie: "its about numbers".....not animals!
And therein lies the problem. While the livestock industries constantly pat themselves on the back, they forget that those not blinkered by "the norm" do not. These "normal" images are so confronting to another 1st world nation, that that nation is reconsidering its import of live Australian animals. Astoundingly, they think the government will find these practices cruel and address them .....ho hum.....its outback Australia and anything is fine there...animals there dont have sentience...and they certainly dont have animal welfare protection. So.....watch out live ex....The Israelis now know how we treat our animals on land...and they have indicated in no uncertain terms, that this raises even more doubt about what happens out of sight on the seas.
See: LETTER SENT FROM AN ISRAEL KNESSET MEMBER TO THE AUSTRALIAN AMBASSADOR
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