Did you hear about what happened to the thousands of Australian sheep that were declared diseased by Bahrain?
They were sent to Pakistan, held in unfit holding pens, and then culled.
These animals first endured the stress of transoceanic transportation, and then they endured the stress of being held in an unfit condition while their fate was being determined by a country that has poor, if non-existent animal welfare policies.
In the end they are yet again treated inhumanly in a mass culling, and all for what?
The value of their lives are completely disregarded.
They are treated like commodities, automatons.
Is our nation really this backward to allow this outdated view of animals to continue to exist?
I think not.
Surely the wide and loud outcry over live exports last year was enough of a signal to our policymakers that the Australian public will not tolerate animal suffering and cruelty at the hands of the live export trade and the low standards of animal welfare in those countries that our animals are sent to.
It is time to take immediate action.
We, the public, have waited for a resolution, for standards to be met, but this is clearly not going to happen.
It was never going to happen, as Australia is not in a position to dictate the policies of other countries, especially those that are not on the same democratic playing field.
Live trade export has to stop now!