Below is a blog post from the Humane Chain‘s website regarding the investigation launch and Parliament House Forum:
Lord Mayor Clover Moore MP said “The latest WSPA investigation demonstrates a clear need for government and industry to invest in humane alternatives to live export, such as locally processed chilled meat, so we can end this trade in misery.”
Also presenting at the event, Grant Courtney, President of the Australasian Meat Industry Employees Union (AMIEU) said “in addition to ethical considerations the Government backed live export trade is crippling the Australian meat processing industry, due to intense competition for livestock.”
“I can’t understand why the Government is sticking its head in the sand when thousands of Australian jobs are being lost due to this trade. Independent research has revealed replacing live export with local processing for export could mean an additional 20% in revenue, safeguarding jobs in our vulnerable rural communities” he continued.
WSPA Programs Manager, Emily Reeves, said “We’ve got the economic data to show live export is bad business, we’ve got a rural industry crippled through poorly thought out Government policy, and we’ve got yet more proof that Australian animals are being handled and slaughtered in a way that would horrify Australians. For all these reasons, the Rudd Government should be deeply ashamed of its unwavering support for the cruel live export trade.”