Cattleman calls for exporter sanctions
Greg Brown, a fourth generation grazier in far north Queensland and a former boss of the Cattle Council of Australia says the operator at the centre of the scandal in Gaza should not be allowed to ship animals out of Australia until it's been cleared of wrongdoing.
Mr Brown says the latest revelation of animal cruelty overseas means the confidence of cattlemen in the current Exporter Supply Chain Assurance Scheme (ESCAS) "must be severely shaken". He says the entire beef cattle industry will be judged harshly as a result and leaders cannot afford to dismiss it as another isolated incident.
"It's just unacceptable and these things shouldn't happen."
20/12/2013 08:48:25 pm
Cattlemen, like our politicians, often express horror at the cruelty revealed in overseas abattoirs but do nothing of any practical value about the problem. I can't understand the thought processes of graziers who raise sheep and cattle for the live export trade knowing that the animals will be subjected to a terrifying and painful experience when slaughtered. Why aren't they, of all people, actively lobbying the federal government to transition to slaughter in Australia and export of carcasses.
16/1/2014 07:48:58 am
I think graziers and those who oppose live export are too scared to say it within their own forums. Feeling is they will be ostracised for saying out loud what many think. Take a look at the way they treated Lyn Simpson. Shes okay when shes being a ships vet with mouth tightly closed but open it to spill the brams and she is immediately ditched.
16/1/2014 08:00:06 am
It always takes courage to speak-out against this trade and VALE commends those in the farming, export and veterinary industries who have chosen to do so despite the adverse social and professional consequences of their actions.
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