Recent comments by: Thistle
'....exposing alleged “cruelty” to livestock no longer owned by Australian farmers, perpetrated by citizens in foreign countries operating under their own domestic laws and regulations...' Isn't that the point Colin? That we are sending animals to countries where there are no laws with respect to what happens to animals. We are in the position to determine the treatment these animals receive and yet we continue to send animals into hell holes. Sadly, Animals Australia does need to be the regulator Colin when our own DAFF and the indutsry cannot. We know it is cruel and it should be stopped
The ABC have a duty of care to present the news. The cruelty investigations of animals in live export is news. It is news that the industry and the Government would love to have kept as their dirty little secret. God knows they have known about it for long enough. And they are not the only TV show that discusses such issues - 60 minutes, The Project. This ridiculous sensationalism coming from journos in the wake of this investigation is hard to take - banning this trade will do anything but cripple the meat industry. The trade is worth 0.3% to the economy. We have alternative markets.
Agribuzz with David Leyonhjelm
In response to the Uni of Syd study that is referred to re free range chickens suffering no less stress than caged - 1. this study was funded by the AECL and 2. the methodology has been disputed with respect to what you can deduce from analysis of stress hormones in eggs. Such hormones in any event indicate excitement/arousal states - which may or may not be negative emotions (i.e. fear). Clearly, any system, including 'alternate' systems must be run well if the physical & psychological welfare of hens is to be safeguarded. Consumers are calling for this change because they care !
Well said John Newton. I'm from a farm in Qld & now live in the city. I am against traditional farming methods. They are completely unsustainable given the effect on the environment. I also oppose GM crops - this is not the way to go to solve the problems we have. It only creates more issues. Industries such as livestock and abattoirs are investigated to hold them accountable for their practices - to date this has not been done and they have been allowed to get away with much cruelty. Consumers waking up and question how food gets to their plate! Industry must lift their game!