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Sheep 'ordered' for mass slaughterfest that is Muslim festival. 8.7.2012
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  Animal rights groups lament live export as Bahrain “orders” sheep for Ramadan
Joseph Mayton | 8 July 2012 |
  Live export is unpopular in Australia, but the country continues to ship to Islamic countries ahead of Ramadan.

CAIRO: Animal rights groups and organizations are again to be frustrated as the Islamic holy month of Ramadan is fast approaching and already countries are “ordering” more sheep and cattle to be slaughtered to increase meat supplies during the month of sunrise to sunset fasting.

The Bahrain government has said it will import more than 100,000 sheep from Australia through the Bahrain Livestock Company (BLC), which also plans to provide around 1,500 frozen sheep a day to cover potential shortages in the market.

The Industry and Commerce Ministry’s Consumer Protection Directorate is spending some BD50 million ($132.6 million) to subsidize prices to ensure the imported meat is affordable for everyone.

“During the month of Ramadan, meat is consumed more than any other month in the year,” said BLC chairman Ibrahim Zainal.

“This year we are expecting a consumption of around 120,000 sheep during the month. We assure the public that there will not be any shortage of beef or mutton. The prices will be stable and among the most competitive in the Gulf region.

“The government will subsidise the livestock with around BD50 million which is a great initiative which makes prices reasonable and among the cheapest in the whole region.

“Around 102,000 sheep will be brought in the country during Ramadan, almost 62,000 will come in two weeks from Australia, while other 40,000 will come during the holy month. We will try our best to cover any shortage of meat, therefore, we will provide extra 1,500 Pakistani and Australian frozen sheep.”

Across the region, animals will be imported and slaughtered for food, but in Australia, there is a growing anger towards the practice, which has witnessed a turning tide in public opinion.

2011 was a watershed moment in Australia, as images of brutally beaten, tortured and slaughtered animals as part of the live export industry from the country saw massive outpouring of anger and numerous calls for the end of the controversial practice. However, it has not resulted in any tangible bans, despite short one-month bans on exports to Indonesia during last summer.

“Despite public opposition, the live export industry continues to expand its trade into new markets with the full knowledge that the routine slaughter practices in importing countries fall well below the standards expected by the Australian community,” Oogies continued.

“The Gillard Government’s new rules for live export permits, which are being rolled out to all markets over the next 12 months, do not require animals to be stunned before slaughter. As a result, millions of cattle and sheep will not only still face the grueling sea voyage to foreign countries, those that survive will still risk brutal slaughter without stunning in overseas abattoirs,” the organization’s chief continued.

Still, there are many activists who believe that the public opinion change can have positive effects moving ahead into 2012. Jamie Thompson, a Sydney-based animal advocate and campaigner to end the live export trade, told via telephone that the industry is “on it’s last breath.”

She argued that “throughout this year, never before had the live export trade been so appalling and public, with videos online revealing the true nature of such disgusting treatment of living beings.”

For her, and others in Australia and around the world, the live export trade has become synonymous with animal cruelty, leaving many to question if the industry, despite its massive lobby in Australia, can survive.