Experienced livestock export veterinarian Dr Peter Arnold.
THE extremes between the treatment of Australian animals compared to local animals in our live trade markets has become absurd, according to an experienced live export ship veterinarian.
Western Australia’s Dr Peter Arnold, who has made 20 voyages over the past 40 years, said Australian welfare standards were ‘light years ahead’ and what had emerged was a scenario of two types of animals.
Dr Arnold has thrown his support behind the push for international animal welfare laws for live trade.
He has also responded to scathing accounts by some veterinarians of poor animal treatment on board Australian live export ships and claims of being crucified for bringing that to light.
He said the vast majority of vets in the live export business would not accept cruelty, do speak up and are effective in facilitating any changes required.