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Sheep farmer calls for Pakistan boycott

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Sheep awaiting a cull in Pakistan.

Sheep awaiting a cull in Pakistan. Photo: AFP

Pakistan should be permanently boycotted as a market for Australian live exports, a West Australian sheep farmer says.

Bob Ilffa, from the Wheatbelt town of Newdegate, made the comment as the industry braced for an ABC Four Corners program on the recent inhumane slaughter of about 22,000 Australian sheep in Pakistan on health concerns.

The sheep were in limbo for over a month after they were rejected in Bahrain, but further health fears in Pakistan led to them being brutally killed - in some cases buried alive - in two stages.

The culls came after repeated proof by independent veterinarians that the sheep were healthy.

The Fremantle-based exporter Wellard expressed shock when the second cull was ordered on October 20, despite promises from local authorities a day earlier that the remaining sheep would be slaughtered humanely.

The pledge came after the company agreed to drop a court injunction seeking to overturn the government-ordered cull.

Wellard immediately suspended exports to Pakistan, which had only ever been considered a contingent market.

Sheepmeat Council of Australia said it was an isolated, unusual turn of events that led to a totally unacceptable outcome.

But Mr Iffla went a step further, saying he would never send sheep to Pakistan again.

"There's no way my sheep will ever be going to Pakistan," he told AAP on Monday.

Mr Iffla said he was in agreement with animal liberationists in calling for the Pakistan market to be snubbed, but did not believe an end to live exports elsewhere was feasible, given the need among many nations to secure protein via imports.

He said he was extremely disappointed with the way the sheep had been killed, especially considering a modern abattoir was readily accessible.

Instead, the animals were clubbed and had their throats roughly slashed in a dusty feedlot.

"Pakistan has done the wrong thing by the industry," Mr Iffla said.

"It's absolutely appalling behaviour by the Pakistanis, who I don't believe we can continue to deal with (the country) because it's just going to wreck the whole live animal trade."

Mr Iffla said his sheep were currently breeding so another wave of lambs was on the way, but after that, he would rethink his business, producing less meat or even focusing on agriculture.

"I don't know where we're going," he said.

"I'm certainly thinking of changing my program to some degree because if we can't make the profit out of live sheep in the manner that we have been, we're going to have to diversify into other areas."

The Queensland Greens reiterated calls to ban live exports, saying it was not within Australia's power to control what happened to livestock once they were outside the country.

Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon wants the federal government to end the trade through the Live Animal Export (Slaughter) Prohibition Bill 2012, but that appears destined to fail in the Senate.

Labor senator Glenn Sterle last month said the Greens were suggesting that with abattoirs back in the north and a boxed meat market in place, everything would be "tickety-boo".

Mr Iffla also said Australia should stop providing aid to Pakistan because of the cull.

AAP

 

5 comments so far

  • For the life of me I can't understand why a country that has millions below the poverty line would destroy any food source, they make no sense at all. Millions die every year from starvation, and perhaps what their government want to encourage. You tell a starving pwerson that the food in front of them wasn't killed Halal and see if they reject it. We should stop sending any aid to Pakistan, they just don't get it!

    Commenter
    Caractacus
    Location
    Perth
    Date and time
    November 06, 2012, 9:52AM
    • Thanks again Kerry O'Brian, Sarah Ferguson, and Lyn White for providing further justification to ban the live export trade. In this increasingly insane world of cold indifference, it's comforting to know you're doing your bit...Meanwhile, we - the 90% meat eating society - exercise our right to surf to a less confronting channel so that we can skip off to the butcher, as we usually do, to purchase our lamb chops / roast. Mmm. Yum. Isn't ignorance bliss?

      Commenter
      AsGoodAsItGets?
      Date and time
      November 06, 2012, 11:21AM
      • @Caratacus
        For the life of me I find your comment pretty offensive yet ironic. Being a Pakistani I condemn the way these sheep were slaughtered, but please understand that these sheep were deseased. I agree a large population of Pakistan lies below the poverty line, that doesn't mean feed them with deseased meat. It is definitely not a matter of being halal or haram.

        Commenter
        AusPak
        Location
        Perth
        Date and time
        November 06, 2012, 9:14PM
        • I used to work at the Metro Meats abbatoir in Noarlunga, South Aust. in the early Seventies, where we had a chain/tally of four thousand sheep a day.
          We also had Halal Killers who dispatched the sheep in a manner that was appropriate for the Muslim world, the carcasses were chilled before sending them around the world to Muslim countries.
          This arrangement worked fine. The sheep were killed as humanely as was possible (that is if you can kill anything humanely), and kept jobs in Australia, along with the by products industry, which was the other half of the industry. There was no problem with disease, and there was no questionable handling of the sheep on the journey, or when received overseas
          If we could do that then, why oh why can't we do it now?

          Commenter
          Mungoman
          Location
          Southern Tablelands
          Date and time
          November 07, 2012, 7:15AM
          • Main reasons behind sheep cull in Karachi,Pakistan.
            Both ruling parties in Karachi in Province of Sindh were having great stakes and great interest in these sheep. because by availability of these cheap and healthy sheep feudals of Peoples party were going to loose business due to crash of market on the comming feast of Muslim Eid, just a few days latter this is the only occasion in whole year when these feudals earn the money by selling their sheep and goats and cows in the market of Karachi, they have wasted these sheep to maintain the market of their live stock.
            Secondly other terrorist party MQM ruling Karachi collect hides on this occasion by collecting from people, by culling these sheep they were to collect the hides of these sheeps without any hard work. It is the responsibility of Australian Government to make ensure that no such adavantages were taken by these parties.
            AKRAM

            Commenter
            akram
            Location
            pakistan
            Date and time
            November 07, 2012, 8:20AM

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