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Self-professed 'expert' in denial over animal welfare issues
« Reply #1 on: March 06, 2012, 06:43:17 PM »
AN EXPERT on transport and feedlot welfare standards has urged the livestock industry to stay on the front foot.

Dr Paul Cusack was part of a Meat and Livestock Australia review panel into animal welfare standards in the Indonesian live cattle export trade.

He believes Australia's grass-fed sheep and cattle industries could be the next target of extreme animal liberationists.

Speaking at a North East Victoria pasture seminar last week, Dr Cusack said lobby groups often confused environmental issues with animal welfare. He said there was a widespread public misconception that ruminants were bad for the environment.

"There is no acknowledgment of the positive moves made towards environmental stewardship by cattle producers over the decades," Dr Cusack said.

In animal welfare, the public put cattle on the same level as kangaroos, he said. Welfare lobbyists often gave animals human attributes.

"We cannot leave the definition of animal welfare to the general public," Dr Cusack said. "Up to 89 per cent of our population is urban. They are ignorant of what we do day by day."

Dr Cusack recommended providing shade in intensive grazing systems, and avoiding locking stock in holding yards for extended periods without adequate feed and water. He agreed with the immediate closure of abattoirs at the centre of animal welfare claims.

"We have to take decisive action ... we need to tell the whole story, warts and all."

Background on this 'expert':

Paul Cusack
Dr Paul Cusack is a consultant cattle veterinarian, ruminant nutritionist, and beef producer with post-graduate training in the intensive and extensive ruminant industries. His post-graduate training covers the disciplines of nutrition, health programs, reproduction, epidemiology, production management and meat science. He completed his PhD on the interaction between nutrition and health in feedlot cattle in 2007. Over the last 15 years Paul has held various positions within the livestock and veterinary industries. Paul has lectured at Queensland, Sydney, and most recently, at Charles Sturt University from 2007. He has also served as Head Examiner in Beef Cattle Medicine and Production for the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists. He is currently the director of Australian Livestock Production Services which consults on intensive and extensive cattle and lamb enterprises throughout the eastern Australia, as well as being the owner and principal of Cowra Veterinary Centre, and owner/manager of cattle trading enterprises.