Deluxe cabin with ensuite and cocktails before dinner? That is certainly the image conjured up by Dr Peter Arnold as he discussed the conditions for cattle onboard a recent live export voyage. At one point he agreed with the interviewer that the conditions differed from those usually perceived to be the case for exported cattle. What neither the interviewer nor Dr Arnold stated was the fact that these cattle weren't being exported for slaughter. These cattle, including pregnant heifers, were clearly valuable breeding animals being accorded kid-glove treatment commensurate with their breeding value at the destination. Not to mention that pregnant cattle get more space allocated by law. Rest assured, cattle heading for slaughter don't enjoy such conditions.