Australian cows exported to Sri Lanka are suffering and dying horrific deaths from malnutrition and disease. Sri Lankan farmers are suicidal after mortgaging their farms to buy our Australian dairy cows, cows the Australian Live Export industry promised would relieve them from poverty.
It seems that yet again the only winner in the Live Export industry is a corporation.
Shockingly, Wellard – The West Australian Live Export company responsible – plans to export another 15,000 pregnant dairy cows to Sri Lanka to face the same fate, and to farmers who are already suffering ‘financial difficulty and mental distress’. The Government must intervene to stop this immediately.
A damning investigation and report by the Sri Lankan Auditor General has demonstrated the extent to which Australian cows are suffering after being exported to Sri Lanka.
The report estimates a 10% death rate. However, the Australian company Wellard that was contracted to ship the cows and help establish the dairy farms claims it was closer to 9%, ‘but that the overall scheme was a success’. How is it possible to claim a 9% death rate, underwritten by a $100 million dollar loan from the Australian government a success?
It’s an all too familiar story.
Again the company profiting from the trade takes no responsibility for the death and suffering of the cows – where do they point the finger? The Sri Lankan farmers themselves, for apparently not ‘following their instructions’ despite overwhelming evidence contained in a report by the Sri Lankan Planning Department that found the imported cows were ‘climatically unfit’.
It seems the live export companies will sell any animal to anyone, regardless of the wellbeing of the animals.
Sign the Petition now to stop this barbaric trade.