ANIMALS Australia has made a last minute attempt to block a shipment of sheep leaving Fremantle this Saturday, although they have not submitted an injunction.
The live sheep trade has come a long way since news broke of the highly-publicised Awassi Express live export journey to the Middle East 12 months ago, triggering a chain of events that disrupted the trade and brought uncertainty and fear to the WA sheep industry.
Animal welfare is a social science not an exact science - one of the messages to come out of the recent Live Export Roadshow.
The report into the review of the Australian Standards for the Export of Livestock was finally released today.
Three Western Australian farming women who took their case to parliament this week believe the live sheep export industry has a sustainable future.
Proposed changes to the live sheep industry are disproportionate when compared to the risk faced. There is a smarter way forward, says Sue Middleton.
If spending is anything to go by, live exporters and those who supply or gain their income from the trade may need to commit to funding a campaign to save the industry.
Taxpayers are reported to have footed more than $6000 for Joyce and his partner Vikki Campion to attend a forum in Western Australia.