What a brainless idea to have a live ex trade to China using southern Australian cattle....yep....this doesnt help all those northern rangeland pastoralists.....cattle have to be from from Blue-Tongue free zone and HGP free etc.....all of which means southern cattle. One wonders where they are all going to come from.....perhaps Australians are expected to go vegetarian to support China's request for beef???
However, equally of concern is the fact that the deal requires that the veterinary supervision of all consignments is to be by a Chinese Government veterinarian, a veterinarian that is highly unlikely to have a degree eligible for registration in Australia (their basic vet degree is 3 years!). Why arent we insulted that Australian veterinarians are not considered good enough? There can only be two conclusions here: 1) Aussie vets are incompetent or 2) Aussie vets, at least in the live ex trade, cannot be trusted (corrupted?). Either way, to have Chinese veterinarians practising as veterinarians in this country on our animals is illegal.
22/7/2015 07:35:50 pm
Well said. What the hell do CHINESE, of all cultures REALLY know about compassion for animals, ANY animal?
23/7/2015 02:47:24 am
There is no change to the live export inspection and certification processes undertaken by the Australian Government and Australian vets. The functions undertaken by Chinese quarantine officials are in auditing compliance with the health protocol. The officials do not undertake veterinary duties. Similar auditing functions occur in other commodities to check compliance against protocol arrangements. Eg EU. I would suggest if need further clarification of the role that you contact the Department of Agriculture in Canberra.
24/7/2015 02:01:24 pm
Thank you for your clarifying comments Ms Penfold. Unfortunately, while you almost certainly have a direct line to the Department of Agriculture, VALE does not. The Department of Agriculture tends to either not reply, or not answer the questions we ask if they do reply. Getting a response usually entails months of hounding invariably whilst the correspondence is flicked from one person to the next (usually with the initial addressee having been moved to another department before the issue has been addressed) ....see VALE website.
23/7/2015 01:38:10 pm
Its disgusting! Stop live export! Send frozen meat!
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4/8/2015 01:17:29 am
Thank you for your comments Christine. We take all such comments seriously and research our data diligently, reassessing as any good scientists would, if new or more information is presented.
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