MAJOR ISSUE: The live export of Australian sheep has been put into the spotlight recently.
MAJOR ISSUE: The live export of Australian sheep has been put into the spotlight recently.

Calling for a cultural change

"WHY should the normal man on the street have to abide by the rules of animal cruelty if the big people can get away with murder on a mass scale?”

Third generation Macalister grazier Eugenie Navarre isn't happy with the current live export situation that has been dominating national headlines.

In fact, Ms Navarre hasn't been impressed with the situation for years.

"I've been horrified by live export for a long time, there's no doubt in the world you can't humanly carry any animal thousands of kilometres across the ocean without them being in a lot of discomfort,” Ms Navarre said.

"About a year ago I had a huge banner painted in Dalby and we hung it up and within 24 hours it was stolen.

"So it's a long-standing issue with me because I'm a great animal lover.”

Ms Navarre said the current blow up is due to years of neglect from everyone in the industry.

"The biggest issue for me from this atrocity is that if you or I harmed an animal we'd be in court and we'd be prosecuted.

"Is the government going to lay charges against the people involved in this incident we've just seen the footage of?

"They're floating death chambers... it has to be banned. Even if it is phased out over two or three years.

"Even though we don't uphold the Australian legislation, we also haven't got a clue on what happens on the other side.

"It's very easy to turn a blind eye to animal cruelty, and that's why this has happened.

"How can we dictate to Japan not to kill whales when our animal cruelty leaves that for dead?

"It's a very sad story for the Australian bush I think.”

Ms Navarre has never sent a live beast overseas, and is calling on graziers across Australia to start questioning the system.

She also has created stickers that she hopes will spread the message of animal cruelty, with 60 minutes already requesting copies.

"What I'm trying to do is inspire the people to bombard the politicians with letters, emails and phone calls to bring in a gradual ban of live exports so everyone can be prepared for it. Ban it in two or three years so we can build more abattoirs.

"I constantly check with Elders and other agents to see if any animals from the Dalby Saleyards are going for export.

"We have to change this culture.”

A local stock agent confirmed with the Dalby Herald cattle are sold to live exporters from the Dalby Saleyards.

Littleproud announces immediate review

AGRICULTURE Minister David Littleproud has announced a review into the standards of live sheep trade during the Middle Eastern summer.

The review is expected to take four weeks to allow any recommendations to be acted on before sheep are sent to the Middle Eastern summer from Australia's winter.

"This will be a short, sharp review looking into the standards of the northern summer trade give confidence in those boats and the standards in which those sheep go to the Middle East,” Mr Littleproud said.

"It's important we take decisive action because it's the livelihoods of farmers and their family at stake.

"It'd be great if the live export industry led on this issue and had already taken strong action by the time this review comes back. If I have to drag them kicking and screaming, I will, but I'd prefer they led and proved to the Australian people they are serious about cultural change.”


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