5 big benefits of the alternative to live animal export
In 2013, almost 1.9 million live sheep were exported from Australia by sea and more than 14,000 died during the voyage. In the same year, 830 cattle died during transportation out of a total of 776,000 exported.
Here are just 5 of the many benefits of transitioning to a chilled and frozen meat trade.
The animals would be saved from the terrible suffering of the voyage overseas and be processed in a more humane way, under Australian law.
It’s worth 20% more to the WA economy to process animals there instead of shipping them live overseas (in 2011, WA accounted for about 70% of Australian live sheep exports).
Growing the chilled and frozen meat trade could increase the productivity of WA meat processing facilities and create thousands of jobs (a 2011 survey found them operating at about 59% of capacity).
Northern cattle farmers could increase their pre-tax earnings by 245% if they had access to a local abattoir. The facility itself could contribute $204 million to the economy each year and create 1,300 jobs.
Farmers selling to the chilled meat trade would be exposed to much less risk from closed markets or markets disrupted by disasters and exposure of animal cruelty.