Live animal exports to Cambodia condemned

21 August 2014

World Animal Protection warns cattle exports to Cambodia only guarantees more animal cruelty.

World Animal Protection warns cattle exports to Cambodia only guarantees more animal cruelty.

We regret the Government is ignoring the strength of public concern for the cruelty animals suffer when sent on long sea journeys to overseas destinations where they face an uncertain slaughter.

Federal Agriculture Minister, Barnaby Joyce, today announced a deal with Cambodia to accept exports of live cattle, marking it the fourth new export market the government has negotiated access to since February.

Australians would be much happier to see the Government use tax payers’ money into transitioning the industry away from cruel live exports. A chilled and frozen meat trade would see animals spared the long overseas voyages, slaughtered in Australia, according to Australian standards and closer to where they are reared. World Animal Protection has produced analysis to show that in the long run this would be more economically viable and create more jobs here in Australia.

Live exports are inherently cruel.  If you can achieve an outcome that works for the economy and protects animals, why wouldn’t you seek to achieve it?

Live exports are inherently cruel