Plans to place mandatory independent observers on all live export boats to leave Australia would have a significant impact on the North’s cattle trade, industry leaders warn.
They estimate the independent observer would need to be paid $1300 a day, while a business class flight to return to Australia would also need to be issued (really.?..even most specialist veterinarians travel economy as paid international speakers).
A senior industry source said the proposed costs for the regulation was not warranted. Well....that is patently not the case. We have just seen the cancellation of Emanuels licence over integrity issues. Emanuels is one of the largest export companies in this country and and certainly one of the most feted with its director inducted recently into the Live Ex Hall of Fame (before the second fall from grace....yep he was director of another company that had a licence suspension in 2003).
Anyhow, we at VALE have a perfect solution. We could find vets who would be willing to travel for substantially less than that.....feel free to contact us!!!