“THE live export trade is always going to be a running sore on the face of this country. It will never be made humane. Some 500 000 animals have died horrific deaths on the ships alone. 100 000 were burnt to death at sea. Hundreds of cattle have been crushed on rolling ships in rough seas, or maimed. It does not take much imagination to know the misery for maimed animals to be somehow gotten out of the hold of a ship.”
Jenny posted this comment at this blog yesterday under the note from Scot Braithwaite , she continues…
“PERHAPS readers would like to read the experience of the stockman who reported on the Kalymnian Espress to see what happens to cattle caught in rough seas on a moving ship.
Thousands more cattle have died of heat stress. Sheep die from failure to thrive on the long voyages and thousands have died of heat stress on arrival.
Go to the Animals Australia website and call up the Death Files and you will see the litany of disasters that have occurred, each causing untold suffering to the animals caught up in them. These disasters continue and we know that every year some 30 000 animals will die on the ships before they even get to where they are going. Then there is the fate they suffer on arrival. And we can see what that might be for some. Not a single animal should suffer that way. Suggesting they are in the minority is not good enough. One, is one too many.
We ship hundreds of thousands of sheep to the ME, many for sacrifice in the religious festivals. In Pakistan at Eid, it was expected that boys as young as 9 sacrifice a sheep, cutting its throat while fully conscious. Why should we be sending out sheep to be butchered in the back yards of homes on the other side of the world in the name of religion?
25 years ago a Senate Inquiry found the trade was inimical to animal welfare and should be phased out. But no, the industry has ploughed on regardless, in the full knowledge of the suffering of large numbers of animals, at sea or at arrival, and worked to ever more expand the trade.
All the protestations in the world by the industry will never convince me that this trade can be made humane.
It is quite right that we have no control over what happens in other countries. So if we know that our animals are going to be mistreated or suffer and die on route, then we have no right to be loading them on to ships in the first place.
Right now we know that some 30 000 animals will be dead on the ships over the next 12 months.
Frankly I think that continuing the trade in the face of that and knowing the ill treatment meted out to our animals in many of the importing countries, the industry indicts itself. It has only itself to blame that the whole thing has blown up in its face, and big time.
What the industry is confronting now is grass roots opposition to the live trade. It has gone way beyond the bounds of the animal welfare groups. The issue is now on the national agenda and consciousness of the nation as a whole. To try and dismiss those opposing the trade as just busy body animal activists is most unwise. 
I myself, as a cattle farmer, will continue to fight against this trade. We have had 25 years since the Georges report recommended it be phased out to develop alternatives. It is time we did just that.
2. Jenny is referring to my column in The Land of July 7 entitled ‘Netting new moral outrage’. The column was intended as a criticism of internet campaigning and the methods employed by ‘Getup’.
Jenny has been involved in farming (dairying and beef cattle) for over fifty years, and her family has farmed the same country since the 1830s. She has an honours degree in the Indonesian language and Asian Civilisation and a post graduate diploma in Arabic and Islamic Studies, the latter from studying at the University of Lahore, Pakistan.
When Jenny lived in Pakistan, in a hostel that lacked hot water and refrigeration, she came to the opinion that it made not one iota of difference whether the meat on sale in the city of Lahore was freshly killed or was a box of chilled meat. Either way in the heat there it was rotten within a few hours unless cooked. So lack of refrigeration in the home as a reason for live exports is, in her opinion, a furphy.
Jenny became active in regard to animal welfare when as a farmer she noted animals were left to die in a Council run abattoir without feed over long weekends. On seeing dying animals she intervened and fed hundreds of cattle and then started an action group to ensure proper procedures were put in place.
She then moved on to oppose the curfew system in NSW saleyards which often saw cattle two days or more without water in summer.
Jenny got the curfews abolished in the city saleyards and eventually all of NSW followed. She got water troughs installed in cattle yards.
On realising that the issues in her home town were not unique and that proper care of animals, be it in research labs, in abattoirs, in pet shops, in circuses, in factory farms and in almost every sphere of animals use left a lot to be desired there was obvious need for change and greater regulation.
So, Jenny founded a branch of Animal Liberation and began working toward that goal. She worked with Government agencies to redraft prevention of cruelty to animals legislation in her State and sat on various advisory committees.
Jenny made input into the National Codes of Practice for the transportation of farm animals, for care in abattoirs and saleyards and so on.
Jenny was never a Green, she was traditionally a National Party voter.
Jenny was a founding committee member of ANZFAS, now known as Animals Australia, advising on welfare of animals in primary industries. Her employment at the time was as a training officer of the Department of Primary Industry, conducting management training of our meat inspectors and vets in our export meatworks.
Some three years ago Jenny sent the MLA a CD showing similar mishandling of cattle in Egyptian abattoirs, filmed by Animals Australia and which ultimately led to the suspension of that trade for over year by the Howard Government.
On resumption, on the very first shipment, some 290 cattle died on the ship.
According to Jenny, one would have thought then, given the Egyptian ban that the MLA and Livecorp would have made sure there were no issues in Indonesia, the country where most of our live cattle were being exported to. In Jenny’s opinion, it beggars belief that they would be found so wanting in the most important market of all to the industry.