The old argument that the live exporters sourced cattle whose breed, age or weight were generally unsuited to profitable processing in Australia can finally be put to bed. Live exporters are sourcing cattle in direct competition to processors and, for the extra return of a few cent per kilo to the farmer, jobs are lost and animals are exposed to all the inherent welfare risks in oversea shipping and slaughter. It's time for the government to take some leadership on this issue for sound economic and ethical reasons but with Barnaby in control no-one should be holding their breath.
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