Live cattle exports suspended
If you haven’t seen the Four Corners report from last night, here’s the link.
THE Federal Government has moved to suspend live animal exports to a number of killing facilities in Indonesia.
Agriculture Minister Joe Ludwig said the decision was based on footage collected by Animals Australia that showed cattle being mistreated before slaughter.
“I have decided to halt the trade of live animals to the facilities identified by the footage,” he said today.
The ABC reports the halt will apply to the 11 abattoirs exposed in last night’s Four Corners program.
This comes after calls from Independent MP Andrew Wilkie and Senator Nick Xenephon to ban the live export trade completely. Prominent Australian blogger Andrew Bolt has also called for the trade to be stopped instantly.
Agreed, although one feels this won’t happen, not when the live export trade is worth about $1 billion dollars a year, employs 10,000 people, and Indonesia makes up 60% of Australia’s live cattle export market.
So far, we’re looking at an inquiry and just those 11 Indonesian abattoir’s being denied our business. Several bloggers have suggested Australia build, staff and maintain its own abattoirs in Indonesia.
Agreed, but why stop there? Is anyone seriously thinking only 11 abattoirs in the entire world that process Australian meat are doing so in such a barbaric manner?
Meanwhile, Indonesia calls for calm.
I implore anyone to watch that special report and feel calm. not.gonna.happen.
PS The argument by some of the Indonesians in the report that an animal cannot be stunned if its meat is to be halal is utter nonsense.