Senator Back, What an Ass(et).
Not content with strongly supporting the live export trade despite a degree in veterinary science, our veterinarian Senator is now adding his sage counsel to the climate change debate.
Apparently Australia really doesnt have to do anything…..we can just leave it up to the other countries to sort….when all said and done, it could just be "sun spots".
Ho hum…..if he was in the lower house, we'd not be thinking he was about to get the Foreign Affairs portfolio soon….though, with this attitude he could be a good candidate for Minister of the Environment.
Anyhow, its very important that Senator Back does not acknowledge human-induced climate change….cos its definitely not in the best interests of the planet (or its animals) to promote live ex over boxed meat.
Well finally the investigation into High Mortality Voyage 51 (Jan 2014!) on the Ocean Drover is released: verdict high mortality due to vessel breaking down. Yep, they ran out of food, had to take on new and different food (after competition led to increased mortalities on remaining rationed food) and that the sudden change in fodder resulted in ruminal acidosis in both sheep and cattle. What a debacle.
So, here we are again. The Girolando Express has finally left Port Phillip Bay where it has sat, loaded with cattle since Sunday 6th December because it broke down. .....So add on an extra 8 days to the scheduled 16 days. Has DAFF put an AAV onboard...for a voyage over 10 days initially that will now be over 26 days....if those repairs hold up? Or will this be the next high mortality voyage?
Astounding.....the greyhound industry itself requested the Minister ban live export of greyhounds...but Joyce refused. One thing for sure is that Minister Joyce doesnt give a damn about animals or animal welfare....and if he doesnt heed industry warnings about welfare issues, then who exactly is he listening too? Oh thats right ...no-one....he is all wise and all omnipotent.
At the recent live-ex conference, it was pointed out that the business case for importing and feeding cattle in Indonesia was weakening. Cost of exporting cattle has increased 4-5x in the last 8 years and it is much cheaper to buy boxed meat. In fact a kilogram of meat from live export costs 5x as much as a kilogram of boxed meat.....but always remember we only do it to provide protein for the poor Indonesians.......!
Apparently, it doesnt take a rocket scientist to work out which trade will endure. Likewise, VALE would maintain it doesnt take a rocket scientist to work out which one would be better for both cattle and Indonesia's poor!
So this morning in Fremantle, we had the Maysora, the Ocean Ute and some other LE ship in at Victoria Quay. This afternoon Ocean Ute loaded and gone, replaced by Lincoln Express, Maysora still in and the other ship still at Victoria Quay....at least it cant load from there whatever it is.
How many animals do we actually have that we can be loading at least 2 boats at a time, seemingly continuously?