Tuesday, August 16, 2011

How Animal Rights Activists Harm People

Slaughtering Indonesia's cattle trust
David Leyonhjelm
Published 1:50 PM, 16 Aug 2011 Last update 1:50 PM, 16 Aug 2011
The government’s decision to halt live cattle exports to Indonesia, without prior warning, deeply disturbed Indonesia. Australian beef accounts for 25 per cent of the country’s meat and is a vital source of protein for millions of Indonesians. There are also thousands employed in feedlots, abattoirs and downstream processing, and Indonesia had considered Australia to be close enough to form part of its own food security.
In addition, the Australian government has long had a policy of supporting neighbouring countries that are members of global animal health organisation OIE as they progressively implement its standards of animal handling and welfare. Indonesia is such a member.
The export ban undermined all that. Many in Indonesia now regard Australia as an unreliable supplier, and there are strong indications the country will seek to diversify its sources by importing cattle and beef from other countries while renewing efforts to become self-sufficient in beef by 2014.

This is a great example of what kind of damage animal rights activists can cause.  I don’t want to see livestock being mistreated but I really don’t want to see people suffering from hunger either.  These extreme activists weren’t concerned about fixing the problems that occurred, they saw this as an opportunity to do damage to the family farmers and ranchers that raised livestock.  Along the way they damaged the families in Indonesia that rely on the beef they raise to feed their families.  Livestock play an important role in feeding hungry people.  It’s just unfortunate that many animal rights activists fail to realize this.  


Tahna Jackson said...

Thanks Troy, You are a true Advoctae for Agriculture. KEEP up the good work. Kind regards Tahna Longreach Qld. Austrailia

kelsey Neilson said...

thank you Troy. It is so refreshing for us Aussies to have somebody truly understand what we are going through here and for you to help us tell the world. As you say the activists would be better served putting their substantial resources into improving animal welfare on the ground rather than destroying innocent peoples lives.It is clear they have another agenda....to stop the consumption of all meat products worldwide. Cheers
Kelsey Neilson Australia

Farm Life with Erin said...

Have just read through interview with Australia's ABC's Landline, which aired last week. We also have that same passion to help bridge the rift between urban Australia and country.
we instigated a blog early this year, www.ktsfarmlife.blogspot.com our target audience is metro schools and we have about 20 schools following the site. Would love your thoughts?