Animal protection group says live export report flawed
ABC Rural Lucy Barbour
10.7.2014 Photo: The live animal export ship, Bader III, sits in Fremantle Harbour, May, 2008. (Giulio Saggin, file photo: ABC News)
A global animal welfare organisation says a report
published by the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) highlighting the value of livestock exports, is flawed.
The report suggests that reducing or banning the live trade wouldn't necessarily lead to increased demand for chilled and frozen meat, due to competition from countries like Brazil and Saudi Arabia.
Tom Shennan, from World Animal Protection, says a lack of refrigeration and cold chain facilities in Middle East markets doesn't stand up as a critical driver of the live export trade.
"We know from research done in 2011 that in countries in the Gulf Co-operation states, there is near universal household ownership of refrigerators," he said.
"And in countries like Indonesia, which is becoming increasingly urbanised, households in cities have up to a 68 per cent household refrigeration rate."http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-07-10/animal-protection-says-live-export-report-flawed/5586806