THIS will always be a risk of the live animal export industry.
Transitioning to an expanded chilled-only trade eliminates the concerns of overseas animal welfare standards imposed on Australian animals (or lack of them); it eliminates the inherent risks associated with transporting tens of thousands of live animals distances of up to 13,000 km, taking as long as six weeks to complete, it eliminates the risk of trade restrictions, quotas and breeches of MOUs affecting animal welfare; it eliminates the Australian producers' reliance upon the whims and egos of importing countries.
Mr Wainwright's sheep may be shot thanks to Bahrain's decision to refuse a shipment of 22,000 sheep exported to them in August, despite our Memorandum Of Understanding with that country.
Australian sheep, Bahrain feedlot. Photo: Animals Australia
Undoubtedly, claims will be made that those of us who fight to eliminate the unavoidable cruelty associated with live exports, have somehow caused this tragic situation, by reporting, repeating and exposing the truth ... I will not be surprised to see individual animal advocates personally blamed by pro-live exporters for this tragic situation.
As horrific as it is to think of thousands of sheep being needlessly shot, I think it bears considering that they face a quicker, more pain-free death without the added trauma of a two to three-week sea voyage, than had they been shipped to Bahrain - they were after all bred for slaughter and surely a bullet to the head must be one of the more humane ways to slaughter a sheep?
Of course a more humane end for the them fails to address the financial situation Mr Wainwright finds himself in due to the unreliability and inconsistency of the live animal trade. K Love
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