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: Wellard will continue sending sheep to Pakistan 8.10.2012
: WA Export News October 08, 2012, 06:05:18 PM
The owner of West Australian sheep exporter Wellard says the company is likely to continue exporting livestock to Pakistan, despite the fate of thousands of Australian sheep in Karachi hanging in the balance.

That is despite the fact the company has currently suspended all exports to the country until it is satisfied further exports will be properly looked after.

   (  ( Photo: Pakistani authorities culled thousands of sheep after they were found to be infected with harmful bacteria. (AFP: Asif Hassan)     

Authorities there deemed the sheep to be infected and ordered all 21,000 in the shipment to be culled.

Ten-thousand were killed before Wellard's Karachi importer, PK Livestock, obtained a court order halting the cull.

Wellard's owner Mario Belzarini has told ABC Local Radio he would still export sheep to Pakistan if it was safe to do so. 

"There is no evidence in these respects of animal welfare, there's just a public order issued in Pakistan which can be anywhere else," he said.

"If you have an accident it's not that you don't travel to that country again but we have to take extra care and make sure that doesn't happen again."

Mr Belzarini says the industry cannot be responsible for the actions of Pakistani authorities.

"There is suffering and there is grief but there is new regulations coming in place," he said.

"So I suggest we don't judge an industry simply because of an accident because otherwise there'd be no industry anywhere in the world." (
: Re: Wellard will continue sending sheep to Pakistan 8.10.2012
: WA Export News October 09, 2012, 11:19:35 AM
According to an ABC article 9.10.2012 "Exporter Wellard and the importer PK Livestock reported to the Australian Department that they lost control of the supply chain, when their staff were ordered off the feedlot near Karachi at gunpoint."

So what is to stop Wellard losing control again, and again?

It is clear that business and making money takes precedence over animal welfare.

Always has done.