Apparently the LE trade supports about 10000 jobs...at least according to industry sources....
Well, Teys abattoir, in its Wagga abattoir alone employs 800 and supports another 3000 in the area. Whats more, this one plant contributes $512 million annually to the regional economy ie it contributes about half of the whole LE industry income. And it is now being directly impacted by the live export trade.
What are we doing in this country? In addition to inflicting suffering on millions of Australian animals, this trade is now hurting Australian jobs and the Australian economy. If only for economic reasons, this trade must come under the spotlight and the Productivity Commission must investigate.