VFF urges live export support

16 Oct, 2012 05:35 AM

THE Victorian Farmers Federation has written to every Victorian-based federal politician from Labor and the Greens, urging them to back the live animal export trade.

Forcing Australia out of the trade would be counter-productive, cut off an important source of protein for importing nations and undermine attempts to improve animal welfare standards in developing nations, VFF president Peter Tuohey said in the letter sent last week.

''Australia remains the only country in the world investing in animal welfare beyond its borders for livestock exports,'' he wrote.

''Australia is applying some of the most stringent animal welfare standards in the world … And we are going one step further by trying to educate and accredit the abattoirs that process Australian livestock.''

Mr Tuohey told The Age the federation did not want the live sheep export trade shut down in the same way the cattle trade to Indonesia was suspended.

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16/10/2012 8:25:58 AM

''Australia is applying some of the most stringent animal welfare standards in the world … And we are going one step further by trying to educate and accredit the abattoirs that process Australian livestock.'' Really? Well it aint working Anyone that supports live export is just as gulity as those that commit the horrendous acts of cruelty that we have witnessed n the past year.. If you are aware of wrongdoings, yet still support those that perform them, you are equally as guilty.
16/10/2012 10:42:31 AM

Touché the VFF its a shame in the NSWFA we dont have the same proactive leadership, our President has formed a "Green Alliance" in NSW with people Like Jeremy Buckingham whom want cow flatulence taxed and the live export trade banned
16/10/2012 11:11:14 AM

The amount of misinformation and purely short sighted emotive rhetoric from protesters just amazes me. In any case there is one thing you can rely on, they won't go and research all the factors for themselves, they will just cling to their emotive viewpoint for dear life and swallow whatever their extremist leaders feed them as being verbatim. I doubt this legislation will have the numbers in the senate, but if it does, I'm sure India, Argentina and Brazil will thank you, because the trade will roll merrily along with or without us, and as far as I know we have the highest standards.
16/10/2012 12:18:55 PM

Why "ain't it working" @kerri? Because you say so? With the implementation of supply chain assurance,licensed slaughter facilities,the uptake of voluntary stunning etc... What subject matter have you provided to the contrary? Zip! You and your colleges continued mantra of lies and falsities undermines any credibility harboured inside your one tracked idealism. I can only provide you with continued encouragement on your path to Congenital self annihilation !
16/10/2012 1:12:45 PM

What a self-serving and anthropocentric estimation of the benefits of live export! As for "cutting off supply of protein for developing nations", these countries don't usually eat a lot of beef, traditionally. Meat is not the only source of protein, and it is not one of their local food supplies. Sustainable food is locally produced. Rather than "investing in animal welfare", Australia is making sure animal welfare is declining by globalizing cruel practices. This industry continues through the lies and denial of vested interest groups - a thin veil that's easily seen through.
16/10/2012 1:23:37 PM

Now that the Australian sheep landed in Pakistan have been proven clear of diseases (not much publicity about that fact) then the NFF fighting fund needs to be used for redress so as to maintain our clean green reputation of suppliers of the best produce in the world. As one of the original contributers to that fund I would like some report of where our money has been spent (if any) over the last ten years at least.
16/10/2012 1:48:10 PM

Are you suggesting I go into breeding monkies,camels,goats etc.... for export Viv? Not everyone wants to live on mushrooms just to appease your sence of worldly idealism!
16/10/2012 2:31:27 PM

At last somebody down south realizes that LE underpins the price they receive for their animals. Without LE, we are real price takers and basically would end up the same way as our milk suppliers to woolies and coles. And this is why our foreign owned meatworks want LE to end - so they can make more profit.
16/10/2012 9:32:39 PM

When I see Lyn White and her misinformed animal rights activists driving around australia caring for our native animals maimed on the roads every night then they can preach to me about my ethics. Hipocrites drive around in thier cars( guarenteed to have leather strearing wheel or interior) wearing thier shoes/belt/handbag/wallet( made of leather or plactics as a by-products of oil and gas industries) Well hypocrites, is the leather in your possession come from an animal that was killed in the way you want, You cannot guarentee it, so how do you want me to agree with your stance now.
Get Real
17/10/2012 11:15:29 AM

''Australia is applying some of the most stringent animal welfare standards in the world." Tell that to the thousands of sheep in Pakistan who were recently stabbed, clubbed and buried alive. Tell that to the thousands of animals who continue to be slaughtered fully conscious.
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