Whilst the Australian Live Export Council took the unprecedented step of self reporting one of the Gaza videos from Animals Australia to the Department of Agriculture (see letter), the WA Pastoralists and Graziers Association (PGA) appears to be in denial. Bizarrely, it says it believes much of the footage released by animal welfare groups showing alleged mistreatment of Australian livestock overseas was a "constructed set-up" and part of a "vendetta" against livestock producers. "They [Animals Australia] always seem to be able to come up with some dreadful footage and I'm not so sure that a lot of this stuff is not set up."
Hard to imagine Lyn White or one of her contacts convincing an armed Middle Eastern man to kneecap a bull in front of her camera to show Australia the cruelty that exists to animals in the Middle East....let alone whip up the frenzy in an all male Gaza crowd to do a bit of chase, tie up and bull torture. But there we have it.....the clutching at straws promoted by PGA president Rob Gillam.
24/12/2013 03:29:44 am
Very good comment. Denial of the undeniable cruelty taking place in some Middle Eastern destinations is the only pathetic defence the graziers in question have. Otherwise they'd be under immence personal pressure to separate themselves from their income source. When a suffiicient number of ethical graziers decide that the cruelty has to stop we may get some shift to slaughter in Australia and carcass export.
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