It is essential that livestock exported from Australia are cared for and meet the standards that our farmers, communities and government expect. The practice has been criticised by some parts of the community in the past two decades as the Australian community has become more aware of animal welfare practises, and has questioned animal welfare conditions on live export vessels.
While it may seem like the simple solution, the call for the end of live animal export altogether would see Australia miss out on significant opportunities, and we believe that with a collaborative approach we can reform the current industry and offer practical solutions that benefit all involved.
Many people point to the live export mortality rates as a negative fact of the industry. We at The Livestock Collective understand this concern and are here to communicate the number of changes that the industry has made to improve the trade. Animals such as cattle and sheep have lower rates of death than they did five years ago, while buffalo have fewer than 50 fatalities per year.
The livestock industry has consistently increased standards of care right along the supply chain and into the markets we export, however this was not being shared effectively.
In December 2018, an idea was born and a group of passionate people embarked on a journey of transparency to address public concerns about the livestock export industry.
The movement set out to share real stories and voices from the live export supply chain in an endeavor to provide insight and clarity into the industry.
Our purpose is to promote a united agricultural sector through collaboration and capacity building which in turn provides visibility and communication to the wider community, thus ensuring an increased understanding of and connection to agriculture.
Agriculture is an industry full of hard working and passionate people and is more than just a job, the role they play in society is fundamental to their identity.