ESCAS extends to 100 percent of markets - prevents 0 percent of suffering
Beef Central don't seem to want to publish my comments anymore... I can't imagine why:
ESCAS was never introduced to safeguard the welfare of livestock - it was introduced to safeguard the industry in the event of another "Indonesia" (and boy, we sure have had them). But no need to shut down the entire cattle export industry again - just slap a fine on NACC (North Australia Cattle Company) and Perth-based ILE (International Livestock Exports) and carry on as usual.
No need for the entire sheep export industry to suffer in the case of the Pakistan massacre, or the slaughter of Australian sheep in the banned Al Rai meat market in Kuwait - just fine the companies involved and carry on.
The only strong message blanket ESCAS sends is that Australia is willing to send you animals to slaughter as you see fit, as long as you let us track them.
It's even being self-policed, and if it wasn't for a non-government funded animal advocacy organisation checking on this billion-dollar industry, I doubt if any of the horrors apart from Pakistan would have come to light.
As MP Kelvin Thomson said, "...ESCAS is an ambulance at the bottom of the cliff..."
What Australia really needs to do, is stop pushing millions of animals off the cliff every year.
Read the article here.