Thursday, September 21, 2006

Live animal export should be stopped.

A report in today's Sydney Morning Herald is headlined "Death ships: anger grows as sheep export toll hits 40,000

It reports that 40,000 sheep died on sea voyages in 2005, up from 30,000 which died in 2004.

Agriculture Minister Peter McGauran, saying the report showed 99.17 per cent of sheep arrived at their destination alive, went on: "The percentage of stock losses is the best measure of the performance of the livestock export industry, as they put the numbers into perspective."

I have to agree with The RSPCA's president Hugh Wirth who responded that the mortality rate should not be the only measure of animal welfare.

It really isn't acceptable in the twenty-first century that this animal cruelty is allowed to continue. Humane slaughtering and export of chilled meat is very obviously what we should be doing.

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