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The Rock-itt : January 2012
Stop the Live Export of Our Animals Overseas Happy New Year fellow Australians, and for once I can say YES, it is a happy new year after hearing the great news that Indonesia is halving their live beef imports by 50% and this is their own decision. This means that through some strange quirk of fate or perhaps divine intervention, half of our cattle will not be sent overseas to Indonesia to be mistreated and cruelly butchered, no thanks to our own Australian government who will be doing everything in their power to try to change the Indonesian Government’s mind not to halve the live animal quota. The Australian m eat industry is crying poor mouth saying that the repercussions of the reductions in live exports will affect the industry immensely. All I can say is, “Yippee ky yeah!” For once the tables have turned and luck is on our side, but there is a hell of a long way to go before the holocaust which our sheep and cattle are suffering is over and only then will we be able to lift our heads from the shame our politicians are making the caring Australians endure. I’m quite willing to say that I will vote for any political party that supports banning “Live Animal Exports” and might I suggest you have a good think about it, and if you care enough, do the same. Here is a report which I have lifted from the internet, if you missed hearing about it. From: Tyson Cattle Farm Weekly, and Richard Willingham, The Age 16 December, 2011 AUSTRALIA's live cattle exporters fear a plan by Indonesia to drastically cut the amount of beef it imports next year will be a massive blow to the industry. Indonesia will only allow for 280,000 cows to be imported, down from 520,000 permits this year. Live exports to Indonesia are believed to be worth $300 million to Australian farmers. Indonesia will also limit the boxed beef it buys from overseas to 34,000 tonnes. Last year, Australia exported 48,500 tonnes of boxed beef to Indonesia. Indonesia has indicated it wants to be self-sufficient in beef by 2014. WA Live Exporters Association (WALEA) chairman John Edwards said it would have a detrimental effect on Australia's cattle industry. "It would obviously have dire repercussions for the WA and northern Australian pastoral cattle industries," Mr Edwards said. "The production zone is very highly geared towards supplying Indonesia so the fallout would be immense." The Cattle Council of Australia president, Andrew Ogilvie, said Indonesia's decision had dealt the industry a huge blow. ''Industry is pretty disappointed that there has been a reduction but we recognise Indonesia's determination for self- sufficiency,'' he said. Mr Ogilvie said he did not believe the decision was in retaliation to Australia's suspension of trade in June. The live cattle trade was suspended by the Australian government for a month this year after the ABC's Four Corners program sparked animal welfare concerns. The trade was later reinstated. The Australian Live Exporters Council chief executive, Lach McKinnon, told the ABC any drop in exports would be massive blow to the cattle industry in the northern states. ''It'll put us under a lot of pressure and we'll have to work very hard to get through this,'' he said. ''It's like any of these particular trade issues - it's about government to government and working through what it is both parties want to get.'' This month the Labor Party's national conference rejected a push to phase out live cattle exports altogether. An Agriculture Department spokeswoman said last night import quotas were a matter for the Indonesian government. ''The Australian government remains committed to the live export trade,'' the spokeswoman said. ''Over recent years there has been considerable variation in the number of permits issued. ''The Australian government will continue to work with the Indonesian government to support this mutually beneficial trade. '' Australia has so far exported about 380,000 head of cattle to Indonesia this year and that is expected to reach 410,000 by the year's end.