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Why phasing out live export and supporting farmers goes hand-in-hand : Comments

By Jodie Jankevics, published 20/6/2013

The chilled and frozen meat story is one that is, and will continue to be, hugely beneficial for Australia.

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...No solution required for the live cattle trade, further than for illegitimate observers to exit from the detracting interference of this once viable industry, now in tatters along with many families destroyed and bankrupted by inept, senseless and incompetent meddling in anotherís business.
Posted by diver dan, Thursday, 20 June 2013 10:20:07 AM
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The author shows no comprehension of the logistics of providing frozen meat into Indonesia. They are still a third world country. They do not have the resources to handle frozen products. The meat needs to be kept alive almost up to the day it is consumed.

The same comments apply to other countries to which Australia supplies meat on the hoof. It just isn't feasible to supply them with meat any other way.

David
Posted by VK3AUU, Thursday, 20 June 2013 11:57:27 AM
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The cold hard fact that where live cattle go, there is no market for chilled or frozen beef does not seem to have filtered down into the tiny brains of these animal welfare idiots. While the business from live exports is small by comparison with other sectors, it still makes a huge difference between thousands making a living or living on welfare. This is not counting the thousands of cattle that had to be shot because they were starving.

If there are cases of cruelty you address them, you don't shut down an entire industry.
Posted by Shadow Minister, Thursday, 20 June 2013 1:29:02 PM
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I have a wonderful idea.

Why doesn't Jodie & the World Society for the Protection of Animals buy these animals, & then show us all how it is done.

Once they are bankrupt, perhaps some common sense can be applied to these things. If this doesn't suit them, & they won't put their money where their mouths are, would they please shut up, & stop bleating about things they don't understand.
Posted by Hasbeen, Thursday, 20 June 2013 5:36:13 PM
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I though farmers were the guts and sinews of this land until the facts about live export became known. There seems to be no will from them to change for the better. All I hear whenever live export is mentioned is whining from farmers about how it's too hard to change or adapt. Come on! Live export killed off thousands of jobs in Australia abattoirs. We don't want you to stop raising live stock, just have it processed here where, at least the cruelty is not entrenched. For the sake of the animals you always claim to care about.
Posted by ax2503, Friday, 21 June 2013 7:50:50 AM
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Sheesh, they just don't get it. Farmers don't process livestock, they sell them. For those who protest against live exports, put your money where your mouth is, buy the livestock and process them here, if that is your issue. Nothing stops you. As to the WSPA reports, they are well intentioned but full of holes. Farmers can't stand around waiting for 6 months to obtain slaughter space, they would go broke. Farmers don't have union protection and cushy jobs, they rely on competition in the market place. Live exports provide that competition and are a vital cog in the system, as a way to move a lot of animals in times of drought. Not much point in banning live exports and then have them dying in the paddocks here. The law of unintended consequences is never far away.
Posted by Yabby, Friday, 21 June 2013 5:21:05 PM
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