I recently called the Federal Government a pack of sadists when it comes to animal welfare. Turns out evil death cult would have been a better description as far as the live animal export trade is concerned.

The Government seems set to effectively double Australia’s cruel live export trade with a deal with China to export one million cattle a year.

This is a dreadful development that means even more cruelty for Australian livestock.

This is a Government which rubs its hands together with glee every time it grows the trade.

There is an abundance of evidence showing there is a serious systemic problem with this industry with reports of cruelty across many countries.

And the economic argument simply does not stack up. The more we move to live exports the more we are cannibalising the red meat industry and exporting jobs from Australia.

There is a healthy market for processed Australian red meat. It’s not like these countries will only buy live cattle.