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Simple solution beats live export ban

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Hon Bob Katter Member for Kennedy

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Wednesday 8 June 2011

Simple solution beats live export ban Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter says it is the most simplistic of solutions - a number 3 branding cradle with spring that delivers humane processing of cattle - that would overcome the totally unacceptable cruel processing that has precipitated the ban on live cattle exports.

“If the government departmental people involved and the instrumentalities cannot carry out a simple task such as supplying a branding cradle and 30 or 40 oversighting people, then for Heaven's sake, let someone replace these people and their organisations with entities that can,” he said.

“I've spoken to senior departmental officials and senior people in these instrumentalities, and all I can say is that I was left with anything but confidence that the matter would be resolved.

“Now the Indonesians will be deprived of food while the cruelty to animals will continue. They will get the beef now from Brazil, albeit much more expensively, while the part of Australia that has supplied essential protein to a country with many hungry people will be stopped from providing what is really survival nutrition.”

Mr Katter said that more than $4 from every ox sold in Australia this year goes to the MLA - some $60m-$70m a year.

“So these people are getting $60m-$70m and they can't even send up a few dozen branding cradles and inspectors, which quite frankly solves this entire problem,” he said.

“When one considers that the MLA is dominated by, in the main, foreign-owned meat processing interests, then you whistle and I'll point to who profits out of the collapse of cattle prices in Australia. This will cut cost structures, which - because of concentration of market power in food - will not be passed on to consumers. As always, follow the money trail and you can see who is profiting from this cruelty. ”

Mr Katter said: “Since 1939 we have fought wars continuously, and are involved in one now, to ensure a secure fuel supply - we most certainly don't want to get into conflicts over the supply of food. And all of this because people receiving $60m a year can’t carry out the most simple, elementary task.”

He said most of the calls of outrage we had received had ironically, but not surprisingly, come from cattle and sheep people, who love animals.

“They must love animals of course to work in these industries,” he said. “I've seen men knocked down in a yard for cruelty one-hundredth of what we saw the other night on Four Corners. Obviously cattlemen love their cattle and don't want to see them tortured.”