Over the past nine months, WSPA has been working on an economic report examining all aspects of long distance transportation of live cattle. This report, written by ACILTasman, was commissioned to analyse the costs and benefits of transitioning away from live exports to a chilled meat trade, which we believe is a viable and more humane alternative.
It clearly identifies that processing cattle locally, rather than subjecting them to live export, has a positive outcome for farmers, meat processors, the Australian economy, jobs and, of course, animals. Analysis indicates a potential 245% earnings increase for Northern producers, $204million in gross regional product per annum and the creation of 1,300 full time jobs.
There are workable solutions to the live export issue. WSPA wants to work collaboratively with key decision makers and stakeholders to change the current paradigm. The government must now commit to our positive and humane solution.