Indonesia proves live exports are a very bad business

Animals Australia

Animals Australia team

Last updated 15 July 2015

The Indonesian Government has slashed the number of Australian animals it will import over the coming months by 80%.

You’ve probably heard in the news that the Indonesian Government has slashed the number of Australian animals it will allow to be imported.

It’s more proof that as well as being unjustifiably cruel — live exports is risky business.

Right now, Australian politicians are acting surprised that Indonesia has slashed their animal import quotas – but let’s be clear, no-one should be surprised. It’s like pretending you’re surprised that it’s cold in winter.

Indonesia has already indicated that they want to stop importing Australian cattle. They can and do make up their importation rules as they go along.

It’s hard to imagine any other Australian industry choosing to operate under such uncertainty, especially when there are viable alternatives to live export.

So next time you hear a politician blaming animal protection groups for “disrupting" live exports, never forget that this is an unreliable industry on the ‘best’ of days.

And if they were really worried about the future for farmers, they wouldn’t encourage them to rely on live exports to any country.

Whether or not Indonesia’s decision is a political one is debatable. But what we know for sure is that live export is not only bad business — it’s a shocking industry for animals.

It’s got to stop.


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