Recent comments by: Katrina Love
Not sure in what universe Wilson think the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources is "an independent regulator"... actually, up to a couple of weeks ago, they weren't even a regulator given they had not enforced the existing regulations.
"After the closure of the live export trade in 2011, prices for shipping wethers fell from the $80 to $100 per head range to $5 per head..."
The live export didn't close in 2011 - the cattle trade ONLY, to Indonesia ONLY (which doesn't take sheep), was suspended for six weeks.
Pull the other one - it's got bells on it.
The government declared they would not act in an emotional manner and would listen to the science. Well the science is in, and it says you can't ship sheep into the known climatic conditions of the Middle East during northern hemisphere, without subjecting them not only to increased deaths, but increased suffering.
The 6,000 vet-strong AVA says so, and even the review headed up by a vet who has made his living out of the live trade has suggested that ships would need to decrease loading densities to a number that would make the voyages financially unviable... not that numbers affect WBT.
I think you have grossly underestimated the broader community's understanding of the trade, gained thanks to historical records, statistics, evidence and science-based facts supplied by Vets Against Live Export, Australian Veterinary Association, RSPCA, Animals Australia, Stop live Exports, Humane Society International, Compassion in World Farming, World Animal Protection and Voiceless to name a few.
The unwavering support for and defence of the live trade... the live sheep trade in particular, from primary producers in the face of all evidence has lost them much sympathy once felt by us.
See... here's a tip: "commodities" - live animals aren't commodities, any more than live humans are commodities. Whilst they can certainly BE shipped more humanely than we have seen is the norm for Emanuel Exports, there is NO guarantee, particularly when shipping sheep to the Middle East, that other heat events (a KNOWN risk of northern hemisphere summer trade despite the fact that industry refers to them as "unexpected") will not occur, subjecting thousands of sheep to horrific death by heat stress and tens of thousands to needless suffering.
Iron ore is a commodity. Ship iron ore.