Beef Central reports Australian Livestock Exporters Council chief executive officer, Mark Harvey-Sutton, saying that the growing trend of financiers applying environmental and ethical conditions on those who they lend to or invest with is impacting the capacity of live export businesses to operate.
He goes on to ask: “What is unethical about providing food security to millions of people?”
Well, Mark, the problem is, that most thinking, ethical people know that’s not really the case. If it was, packaged meat could do the job.
Saying how dedicated the industry’s seafarers are, he says: “We should never underestimate the personal sacrifices of those staff.” True. They have indeed made sacrifice after sacrifice with poor pay, having to jump ship in Fremantle to force payment and going down with the ships. Just providing them with a decent salary and some seaworthy ships might be a nice indication that the industry actually care about them.
And it’s not “misinformation” to inform the ethical acts of financiers, it’s the Awassi Express, the Queen Hind, the Gulf Livestock 1, the Elbeik, the Barkly Pearl…
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