Dont worry about compliance.....just worry about the dollars. That seems to be the clear message coming from MLA.
"If you put them under pressure, they will find a solution that will beat the system (eg: tunnels in French and American Wars)" Dr Patching said of the Vietnamese importers.
[OH REALLY....but arent we improving animal welfare in the importing countries?....changing the culture Mr Crean?......]
Dr Patching concluded email by appearing to urge exporters to put dollars before welfare:
"We need to keep working with them to make their companies more profitable and less emphasis on compliance to regulations," he said.
So there we have it. MLA knew about Indonesia....for 20 years....and did nothing about it. They know about Vietnam (and no doubt every other importing country)....and they concentrate on that dollar. Animal wlefare has never been and never will be of concern to the live export trade or MLA. Farmers should be as outraged by this MLA response as the rest of Australia.