Live export to China is all sorts of bad

Animals Australia

Animals Australia team

Last updated 21 July 2015

Barnaby Joyce has a 10 year plan. Starting next year, Australian cattle will be shipped to China for slaughter, a country that recently received an ‘E’ ranking on the world animal protection index. It’s a bad plan on every level. Here’s why.

It’s bad for animals.

China’s track record with animal welfare is disturbing to say the least. Only recently it demanded the world’s attention when the appalling Yulin Dog Eating festival took place. Our Government will argue that live export rules will protect animals from the worst forms of cruelty in China. But as we will again reveal this week, these rules are a sham. They aren’t properly enforced. They are continually breached. And we are invariably witnessing horrific violence and brutal slaughter as a result.

It’s also a bad investment for farmers.

We’re talking about farmers who just this month were stung when an importing country they depended on for their business exercised their right to slash trade without notice. You don’t need a business degree to know that’s not a secure bet.

It’s bad for the world.

Scientists are warning that the global demand for meat is not only unsustainable – but that greenhouse gases caused by the livestock industry are killing our planet. We Australians already hold the dishonourable title of the biggest polluters per capita of any OECD country in the world, and Barnaby Joyce’s deal is set to trash our green credentials even further. All while fuelling an unsustainable diet in the East that is killing us in the West — with meat consumption linked to heart disease, diabetes, and some types of cancer.

So what are we doing about it?

We are continuing to lead the fight against live export. Against greed and cruelty. For compassion and sustainability. Our investigations will continue. Our public awareness will continue. The day will come when what is ethical matters as much as what is profitable. Thank you for staying the course with us.

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