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Re: Expert panel considers electoral impact of live exports
« Reply #2 on: May 12, 2013, 12:28:05 AM »
Mr Bowen, tell me when to stop laughing at your jokes.  My sides are splitting.

Not to be confused with the tendon slashing, tongue cutting and head stabbing of live animals though eh Mr Bowen?

Australia has spent 10 long years in Egypt..and what has the industry to show for it?

Continuation of abuse, cruelty, torture..pain and suffering by thousands of animals.

Yea, Australia's presence has really improved the conditions for animals...not!

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Expert panel considers electoral impact of live exports
« Reply #1 on: May 11, 2013, 08:15:37 PM »
The Federal election is just four months away and, behind the scenes, lobby groups are trying to get politicians on side.    Northern Territory cattle in live export yards. height=394 

Northern Territory cattle in live export yards.    (ABC Rural) 

 Live exports are worth close to one billion dollars, and the industry employs about 10,000 people.

 This week, Independent Federal MP Andrew Wilkie and the Greens have called for a ban on exports of livestock.

 The Animal Justice Party is keen to see the same thing. It is fielding candidates in several states but not the big cattle regions of Queensland and the Northern Territory.

 In a panel discussion on Bush Telegraph, Professor Geoff Cockfield from the University of Southern Queensland said that while the live export industry is an issue, it is unlikely to affect the outcome of the federal election.

 "There is a difference in attitude on animal welfare and other matters according to party allegiance, and the unfortunate part, for people who are lobbying for change, is that [while] it does matter to some people who vote for Greens and some of the Labor voters... [it is] much less when you are voting Coalition," said Professor Cockfield.

 "When you are moving into a period of economic uncertainty, a lot of the welfare and non-economic issues become much less important and we tend to polarise back around economic matters," he said.

 Spokeswoman for Vets Against Live Exports Dr Sue Foster said that while live exports are unlikely to affect the election outcome, any increased exposure or analysis of the situation is to be encouraged.

 "The issues that VALE (Vets Against Live Exports) would particularly like to see happen are changes that would at least try to improve animal welfare. So we would like any party to be pushing for independent veterinarians on the voyages," she said.

 "We would like to see an independent animal welfare organisation regulating the trade because at the moment the Department of Agriculture both promotes the trade and regulates it so there is a clear conflict of interest, and really no exporters have been penalised for any breaches," said Dr Foster.

 NT Cattlemen's Association Chief Executive Officer Luke Bowen said that we should be celebrating the fact that Australia is not only exporting meat and live animals but that we are exporting animal welfare change to the world.

 "If we weren't in those markets, there simply would be not change. In animal welfare terms we are the only country that has got a regulatory system which is controlling where the animals go. Now that system is not perfect, it's designed for continual improvement... but we are influencing change internationally," he said.

 Alison Penfold, Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Livestock Export Council said that people need to consider that a ban on live exports has consequences.

 "When industry did some research into community attitudes to live exports... it was a thousand interviews across a national sample and across marginal electorates... live exports simply did not rate as an issue. And when prompted, two thirds of respondents supported continuing the live trade rather than banning it or phasing it out," Ms Penfold said.

 Geoff Cockfield, Professor, University of Southern Queensland, Darling Heights; Dr Sue Foster, spokeswoman, Vets Against Live Exports, West Australia; Alison Penfold, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Livestock Export Council, Canberra; Luke Bowen, Chief Executive, NT Cattleman's Association, Darwin

By Sonja Heydeman  Thursday, 9 May  2013