Well done David Littleproud. A live export whistleblower hotline is definitely necessary in this closed trade. There are good concerned people in the industry who do really try....they just dont necessarily want to risk all like the brave Faisal Ullah. A whistleblower hotline will go a long way to uncovering the multitude of other dirty issues hidden by this very dirty industry.....
But please, this time, protect the whistleblowers.
In the past, the Australian government has not given this protection and has actually contributed to the vilification eg Dr Lynn Simpson - employed by the government to help fix the trade and then removed from her post when she tried to do just that)
eg the unnamed vet on Voyage 39 Ghena - inappropriate animals approved for loading by AQIS/DAFF but vet vilified for not recording individually treated animals because there is no crush onboard and he had no way of reading the faecal encrusted eartags...not to mention he was dealing with a crisis
eg Dr Lloyd Reeve Johnson - alerted the government about a high mortality incident and the fact that the ship then sailed without a stockperson or vet...amongst other things... and then exposed a multitude of issues on a voyage to Mauritius (no penalty for exporters or the export veterinarians who had certified the cattle to be non-pregnant)
eg Dr Tony Hill - forced to falsify numbers on the Al Khaleej in 2001 and was never supported by AQIS; career over
eg Dr Roger Meischke - too long a story to even start but suffice to say that this very fine diligent and ethical vet, the first government vet on a live ship suffered immeasurably....from 1978 on..because he was diligent, ethical and honest....at the hands of the government and their employees
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