The industry has acknowledged they a need social licence to operate. Well if so, they better start looking at what the public want. VALE commissioned an independent poll, surveying 1000 Australian respondents, both metropolitan and regional. 59% of Australians disapproved of live export. 83% believed that existing Australian animal welfare laws should apply to the live export trade. 72% of them believed there should be mandatory penalties when exporters break the law This is a very clear signal that the Australian public demand better welfare laws and protection with an agency that can enforce those laws, something that the ESCAS review shows does not currently happen. The poll also showed that 82% of the public, like VALE and the Australian Veterinary Association, believed there should be independent vets on every live export voyage ……and that included 76% of the people who approved of live export. Interestingly, there was no significant difference between town and country dwellers in their responses.
Oh and if you want to join in on a non-random poll....we seem to have started a trend.
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