ABC continues to expose the systemic problems in the live ex trade. Last week Vietnam. This week, the highly questionable conduct of the government department supposedly responsible for both promoting and policing the trade. The Department of Agriculture ditched expert live export vet, Dr Lynn Simpson, at the request of the live export industry, after Dr Simpson made a critical report.
ALEC says Lynn's damning evidence of cruelty on live export ships is past history. VALE disagrees. Same exporters, same ships, same welfare issues. No updates to ASEL since 2011, no response to ASEL review of 2013 and no changes to space allowances since at least 1998 (MLA document SBMR.001....if you have Appendix 4...not available on their website!). There are endemic problems with animal cruelty on ships which the live ex industry suppresses by pressuring vets to stay silent.
The censuring of Dr Lynn Simpson confirms the undeniable manipulation of the Department by the live export industry in order to hide its dirty animal cruelty secrets. The trade must be phased out with independent vets on every ship until the last ship sails.