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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Get Real
19/10/2012 10:57:24 AM

mouse, I would rather move than support such a cruel industry.
18/10/2012 12:18:18 PM

Barker I need money to meet the needs of my children and supply mineral supplements to my cows so they are not malnourished. I am not greedy and neither is anyone else I know operating in this industry.There is nothing else that can be grown here where I live due to Government restrictions.There are no other options. And great long truck trips to any other destination bar live export (it is the shortest time on trucks by far) is not viable at this stage. There is a great misconception amongst many people that "Pastoralists" are rich but a small amount of research will reveal otherwise.
18/10/2012 8:13:52 AM

The sheep are only in Pakistan because of the greed of live exporters and if were up to us there would be no such trade as live export. Unlike some people - we are committed to preventing animal cruelty and that means no live animals for export. This trade does nothing for the welfare of any animal.
18/10/2012 6:19:30 AM

@Get real,those sheep in Packistan are there purely because of inherent interference by ignorant mischief makers such as Yourself,and those that you blindly follow.In case you haven't noticed,industry has taken it apon them self to self regulate and remove that country from the export equation,even with ESCAS approval.And quite rightly so.Wellard employees were so disgusted with the situation that they only left the defense of our animals under the duress of gun point!I wonder if someone like yourself would have the balls to show the same level of commitment to the welfare of our livestock?!!
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.
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.
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 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 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 1:12:45 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.
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