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Re: Animal welfare is right, and it's good business too.
« Reply #3 on: June 07, 2012, 12:52:21 AM »
Sadly the live export trade dont see their business as needing welfare.

Maybe he has seen the light, developed a 'heart'and sees the errors of his ways?

Or maybe he simply wants to appear as if he cares?

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« Reply #2 on: June 06, 2012, 10:03:33 PM »
This would be the Craig Emerson who is right behind the live export trade...

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Animal welfare is right, and it's good business too.
« Reply #1 on: June 06, 2012, 01:05:03 AM »
BY:CRAIG EMERSON The Australian June 02, 2012 12:00AM

BE kind to animals. Ethically it's right and in any event it's good business. Young people are at the vanguard of a silent revolution: they are insisting on eating only meat from animals treated humanely during and at the end of their lives.


Five great movements have shaped modern Western civilisation: democracy movements extended voting rights to the wider citizenry; civil rights movements confronted entrenched racial discrimination; youth movements gave more power and independence to the coming generation; women's movements tackled sex discrimination; and peace movements have hopefully influenced the way governments deal with tensions among nations.

A sixth rights movement, now under way, is the quietest of all. An animal rights movement is being prosecuted by today's young people before our unknowing eyes, without rallies and street protests, but in a global conversation across social media.
Animal liberation might sound wacky to today's older generation, but in truth it's no more wacky than the women's liberation of the late 1960s sounded to the male establishment back then.

Though noble, the idea of animal rights is not novel. More than two centuries ago, English philosopher Jeremy Bentham yearned for the day when the animal world acquired rights "which never could have been withheld from them but by the hand of tyranny". He argued that the capacity of creatures to suffer gave them the right to be treated decently, without wanton cruelty.

Progress has been made. Today there are laws against callous cruelty to animals. Yet through ignorance or indifference, animals are still needlessly made to suffer at the hands of humans.

Chickens are crammed into cages in egg factories. Sows are immobilised, forced to lie on their sides in pens so that suckling piglets have unrestrained access to their mother's milk, enabling them to gain commercially valuable body weight at the maximum feasible rate.

Baby calves, so fresh from birth that they are still unsteady on their feet, are slaughtered before they've had the opportunity of any meaningful life. In France they're taken for meat before birth.

But young revolutionaries, many not yet in their teens, are demanding their parents use their purses and wallets to improve animal welfare standards. And adolescents are turning vegetarian big time. University lecturers in animal ethics are speaking to packed auditoriums.

These young people represent a generation for whom true serenity can be attained only through wonder at the beauty of the natural world. As Joni Mitchell would say, they are stardust, they are golden and they're getting themselves back to the garden.

It's not just ethically sourced food that young people are demanding. They want food grown using environmentally sustainable practices. Four decades ago Mitchell also sang: "Hey, farmer, farmer, put away that DDT now. Give me spots on my apples but leave me the birds and the bees, please!"

Today's young people, and some not so young, are taking Joni's big yellow taxi to organic fruit and vegetable markets. This is not to assert that genetically modified food is necessarily less environmentally friendly; it can be less demanding of scarce resources such as water. But it is an observation of changing consumer preferences, and supermarket chains are responding.
Shelf space allocated to cage eggs is shrinking, replaced by free-range eggs. Chicken factories are making way for chicken farms. Cattle and sheep mostly are stunned before slaughter.

Separate aisles are being devoted to organic products free of preservatives and additives. Big supermarkets have announced hormone-free chicken, or more accurately re-announced the removal of hormones from chicken meat 40 years ago. To be fair, the same supermarkets stock and promote the free-range alternatives.

Australian rural industries are also responding to customers' willingness to pay more for better-treated animals. For example, the pig industry has decided to gradually phase out the use of sow stalls.

The Gillard government is working with the states and industry to improve animal welfare.

As demand for premium, ethical, organic food continues to grow - and it surely will - Australia has the opportunity to position its rural production for the same quiet revolution in its infancy in Asia. As young middle classes in Asia expand, they will pay premium prices for the ethical, organic produce they desire.

Indeed, Asia's Buddhists are way ahead of us in the respect they show for animals, emanating from a belief that human suffering will end only with the attainment of enlightenment through harmony with the natural world.

In anticipation of growing regional demand for organic food, Tasmania and New Zealand have successfully branded their food products as clean and green. So have co-operatives on the NSW north coast. And more animal produce is being produced using humane practices.

It's good business and it's good ethics. As those other old rockers Thunderclap Newman sang: "There's something in the air. The revolution's here, and you know it's right."

Craig Emerson is the Minister for Trade and Competitiveness.
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