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.
We believe that live animal exports should be replaced by chilled and frozen meat exports. This would ensure that animals are processed in Australia under our regulations (over 70% of Australian abattoirs are Halal accredited) and protected from arduous sea voyages and inhumane slaughter overseas.
Of course, it’s vital that an alternative works for our farmers and our economy too. To check the viability of our proposal, we commissioned independent research to analyse the costs and benefits of processing animals domestically instead of exporting them live.
On the basis of this research, we firmly believe farmers and local industry will benefit financially and the increase in domestic processing will help create jobs. And millions of Australian sheep and cattle will be protected from the unnecessary suffering of live export.
We believe what we’re asking the government to do - to grow the chilled and frozen meat industry in place of live export - is completely achievable. Not only that, but it’s in line with good economic policy:
Expanding our current meat export markets and developing new ones will increase demand on domestic processing and create more jobs.
Eliminating tariffs and subsidies that favour live animal imports into the Middle East will support free trade policy.
Developing policies to encourage investment in meat processing facilities will help grow local economies.
Helping livestock producers transition towards animals suitable for domestic processing will support the livestock industry.