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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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?!!
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 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.
Get Real
19/10/2012 10:57:24 AM

mouse, I would rather move than support such a cruel industry.
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