As the first shipment of buffalo head off to overseas slaughter in Vietnam, their ship is likened to a cruise-liner! Dean Ryan, commercial manager for South-East Asia Livestock Services is reported as saying “They’re hardy animals; they live in swamps and are used to hard terrain in the bush.Being on a boat, getting fed [and] watered 24/7, with ventilation better than a commercial aircraft, they probably think it’s a cruise liner.
Seems as though Dean forgot to say that buffalos actually are more comfortable in swamps. Even the Australian Standards for Live Export note: "there is no permissible time off water before transport for buffalo. The thicker hide of buffalo prevents them from dissipating body heat as readily as other species. If
animals become agitated during loading or unloading, or are held on stationary transport for an extended period, regular spraying with water to cool them is the best way to prevent stress or reduce stress".
A 500kg buffalo trucked and feedlotted in the wet season and then given 1.28 square metres onboard and deprived of its swamp is not going to feel like its on a cruise liner Dean! Nice try. As for the anthropomorphism....industry tells us we shouldnt listen to the anthropomorphisms of the animal advocates. DOuble standards?
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