As Calla Whalquist from The Guardian so correctly points out....33 years on....and conditions in ME that led to live have completely changed....but still we persist with the trade. Reason.....exporters make a lot of money from it. Farmers? Seemingly not much depending on which analysis is read.
Check out the article in The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/apr/21/33-years-on-a-long-term-solution-to-live-export-trade-remains-elusive