Avoiding Animal Cruelty Is Not Arrogance: Greens to Katter

The Queensland Greens have rejected Bob Katter’s characterisation of calls for an end to the live animal export trade as “arrogance”.

“How can it be arrogance to object when Australian sheep are exported to Pakistan only to be bashed, stabbed and buried alive,” Queensland Greens Senate candidate, Adam Stone, said today.
 
“It is not arrogance to insist that animals should not be exposed to such brutal cruelty.
 
“There are obvious limits to the control we can exercise over what happens to our livestock in other countries.
 
“When those limits are reached, animals suffer.  We should not need to see that demonstrated over and over again.
 
Mr Stone said he shared Mr Katter’s concern for Australians who make their living from live exports, but said that this would be offset by the growth of jobs in the meat processing industry.
 
“Animals must be slaughtered in Australia, creating jobs for abattoirs and meat processors, and exported in frozen and processed form that denies further suffering when they are beyond our control,” he said.
 
Contact Adam Stone, Qld Greens Lead Senate Candidate, 0417 629 852
 
Senator Lee Rhiannon’s Live Animal Export (Slaughter) Prohibition Bill 2012 and second reading speech here:http://lee-rhiannon.greensmps.org.au/banliveexportbill