Quite a serious post today. Nearly three thousand live beef cattle left Ireland yesterday (Tuesday) for Libya by boat. It's supposed to be good news for the farming industry. I am not so sure. Yes it's good to have a cattle demand because the prices improve for the farmer. But what about the live animals? They are confined for their 8 days ship voyage and then handed over to the Libyans. What kindness will these animals receive at the hands of the Halal butchers? Will dear cattle mean dear replacements for the farmer/smallholder? People like myself who buy small cattle and raise them until they are big?
The EU law recognizes that animals are sentient beings:
"They can suffer and feel pain, and they can also enjoy a sense of well being."
The EEC subsidizes the live transport to none EEC countries to the tune of 9 Million. All because cattle are too expensive to finish in Europe and export in refrigerated containers.
What do you think folks? I think that farm animals should be killed in local slaughter works not transported miles and shipped to countries that kill animals by slitting their throats instead of stunning them.
I recently sold 2 of my cattle to a local butcher. He said he will buy all my cattle when they are ready and kill them locally in his slaughter works and sell their meat in his shop. Fair play to him.
Have a look at: Compassion In World Farming, I think it's time we showed some kindness to our farm animals, not exporting them just to make money.
Do you think the EEC will ever make organic farming the only kind of farming? I don't.