|Farmers Rally in Geraldton WA
That hurts a little, especially coming from people who have never seen what I do. Or how I do it. The unknown is, if they did come and see what I do, would their opinions change? Somehow I doubt it.
We've all seen the footage. Cattle being shockingly mistreated in the Indonesian abattoirs. Sheep being dragged away and stuffed into car boots in the Middle East. I haven't heard a single person say any of that is acceptable. Yet we are all condemned for supporting the live trade.
It must be wonderful to have a black and white view of the world. Where things are right or wrong. So easy to see the simple solution while ignoring the ramifications. Much easier to scream "Ban Live Export" than it is to say "Let's help fix live exports." Because the banning is the easy option, make no mistake. The other option is, well, quite frankly, too hard for them.
And the slightly frustrating thing is live exports is not the problem. Mortality's on the voyages are negible. Around the 1% mark for sheep, less for cattle. Any other industry with that sort of success rate would win an award. The animals are prepared wonderfully in Australia in depots to acclimatise them to the feed and inspect and remove any unhealthy ones. The trucks that cart them to the wharves are penned at a lighter rate in case of any delays in offloading them to the ships. Officials have the ability to draft of anything else they suspect is not suitable as they are loading the ships.
I am proud to be involved in an industry, the only industry for that matter, which is actively improving welfare standards in overseas countries. As yet I haven't heard a thing from Animals Australia or the RSPCA on how banning the trade will improve standards in those countries.
|Angry farmers and their supporters. Not to be messed with.