Vets join calls for cattle export halt
Australia's peak veterinary body has joined calls for an immediate halt to the cattle trade to Indonesia. The AVA also signaled withdrawing support for the trade all together, on the back of the exposure of shocking cruelty on Four Corners on Monday night.
The RSPCA and Animals Australia said there has been an overwhelming national response to this latest evidence of abuses, lies and cover ups in Australia's live export industry.
"The Minister has had the evidence before him for three days yet today he is allowing more cattle to be loaded onto a ship in Darwin to be sent to Indonesia. They will join other Australian animals in Indonesia that will be terrorised tonight, tomorrow night and every night until the Minister halts the trade," said Dr Bidda Jones, RSPCA Australia Chief Scientist.
"The Gillard Government needs to act urgently to prevent more cattle being loaded for Indonesia in Western Australia tomorrow. While the government could deny knowledge of what's going on in Indonesia this time around - if we have to go back and document further evidence - the public will not be so forgiving," said Lyn White, Animals Australia cruelty investigator.