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IT seems that justice is being "meated" out and more people in supplier countries are taking a stand against the live animal trade.

There have been too many incidents of animal cruelty at certain abattoirs and there is increasing pressure on politicians and ministers in supplier countries to confine the slaughter of livestock to abattoirs with "humane" killing practices.

Australia was merely the latest country to immediately cease live animal supplies to Egypt following horrific leaked footage of still live animals having their limbs broken, being stabbed in the eyes and other unspeakable acts.

It was in Egypt that the then Australian Meat and Livestock Corporation spent vast sums of money on proper training practices for slaughter-men and assisted in setting up a state-of-the-art abattoir.

And all for what?

There is video evidence to demonstrate the animal cruelty, to prosecute people and to let them reflect on their abysmal behaviour during a custodial sentence, but it is doubtful that will be done.

Instead, expect a bit of shouting and finger waggling, claims of new training regimes and improved monitoring standards and hopes that the controversy will blow over.

There were gruesome cattle deaths in Indonesia a year or so ago and the shocking mass killing of sheep in Pakistan last year - burying many alive - after they were wrongly claimed to be diseased by Bahrain.

Now Egypt is in the spotlight and maybe it is just one sty too many.

Mahatma Gandhi said: "The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the manner in which its animals are treated."

Critics of the live export trade liken the caging of animals for long sea journeys to ancient slavery.

Animals are crammed into a cage for weeks at a time, several of them dying abysmal deaths.

The pressure in countries like Australia will be to cease the live trade altogether.

There are now abattoirs, including some in Northern Australia, that are fully halal compliant - with mullahs and imams to ensure proper rituals are observed for Muslim consumers.

The meat is instantly chilled or frozen and exported to Muslim countries, by both air and sea.

It won't be everyone's cup of tea, but times are a-changing and while live animals will undoubtedly be available from somewhere, livestock shipments may be curtailed by a number of leading exporting countries.

Bahrain has already moved against "in the trunk" sheep and goat sales, as well as home slaughter.

It has also found that when importers shifted to African suppliers, they needed two African-raised sheep to return the same yield as one Australian sheep, so the overall cost was greater.

Flight links also need to be precise so cases of chilled or frozen meat do not spend days on the tarmac at transit airports. The source of fresh meat may well change permanently as killing the goose, cow or moose
becomes a whole new and more humane industry.

by WW,  Posted on Tuesday, May 28, 2013