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Plea to stop live export trade and cruelty to animals.

 Once again, as has happened on a number of occasions during the past year, evidence of cruel and horrific treatment of Australian livestock has been uncovered occurring overseas.

The evidence damns those involved in the live export trade and politicians who support such trade.

It simply leads me to question where our sense of humanity has gone.

I am quite happy to admit I often enjoy a steak or lamb chops, however as a decent, civilised society we have an ethical obligation to the care and welfare of animals we raise in this country for human consumption.

I have heard excuses for continuing live exports based on farmer profit, or blaming the cruelty on overseas practices.

There are no excuses, valid reasons or justifiable arguments when it comes to suffering animals or animal cruelty.

As people living in a civilised society we cannot ignore the plight of animals that are raised in inhumane conditions, treated cruelly, or sent offshore for ‘processing’.

New Zealand ceased the trade in live animals more than 10 years ago due to concerns for animal welfare.

The ban led to no negative impact farming incomes in NZ.

In contrast the ban on live exports in NZ has actually lead to local jobs being created and maintained in the meat processing industry.

The live export trade from Australia needs to end now, the welfare of the animals will increase, and the economy will benefit.

It’s election year and about time to make the politicians take a stand on this issue, and for people to vote accordingly.

On one final note, I have always thought that the way people treat animals is a fairly good indicator of their deeper beliefs and principals.

While it is easier to ignore animal rights and brand the issue as ‘greenie’, I would like to assure people it is both heartening and rewarding to in some small way become a “voice for the voiceless” (animals).

There are many organisations, large and small, concerned with caring for, recusing and helping animals.

They are all worthy of our support and I would encourage those interested in becoming involved to do so.

By  Chris Grossett / Mark Griggs May 10, 2013, 10:57 a.m.


http://www.wellingtontimes.com.au/story/1492279/plea-to-stop-live-export-trade-and-cruelty-to-animals/?cs=1546
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