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The Northern Territory news Sat 25 Jun 2011



The Northern Territory news Sat 25 Jun 2011

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Community newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin; Australian newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin

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www.ntnews.com.au Saturday, June 25, 2011. NT NEWS. 33 P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 2 5 -J U N -2 0 1 1 P A G E : 3 3 C O L O R : C M Y K mg520614 ntnews.com.aul l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l SATURDAY EXTRA Live ban wont help RASHIDAKHAN is a Northern Territory cattleman . . . and aMuslim. He argues here against a ban on live cattle exports Aboriginal stockman Nathan Weston works the cattle yard at Helen Springs cattle station Picture: Picture: PETER EVE Stockman Adrian Gumurul Picture: Picture: KELLY BARNES ContinuedPage 34 The outragewas fuelled by half truths and images M Y name is Rashida Khan and I am a cattle producer, animal nutritionist and animal lover and have been raised with an insight into the true Muslim faith. My family has a cattle property, Kita Lagoon, in the Northern Territory and I have many contacts right through the supply chain. We care deeply about our animals and have always designed our workload and facilities with the animals needs in mind. So far, our only market for the cattle we raise and fatten has been live export, with 80 per cent of these cattle going to Indonesia. We have been calling for diversity in our marketing options for the past 20 years to no avail. Most of the NT abattoirs have been shut down by union pressure and government red tape. These facilities would take the cattle we cannot send to Indonesia if they are the wrong colour or have a minor blemish. If the export industry is closed down in the next week, can we expect a flush of government support for local businesses? When I saw the footage aired on Four Corners on Monday May 30, I was speechless. The cruelty was horrific and unnecessary. Initially, I was angered and upset by the treatment of the cattle but I soon began to analyse what I had viewed. The whole video was played out to leave the viewer with only one conclusion. Stop live export. I made phone calls but couldnt find a single person who had ever witnessed that level of abuse in an Indonesian abattoir. It pays to remember there are around 770 abattoirs in Indonesia and only 11 have participated in this carnage. Nowhere in the footage was there a mention of the Indonesian processors who do the job properly. They were not given any exposure. It is timely to mention the work done by the rest of the industry. There have been substantial investments in the development of better cattle boats, better feedlots, better breeding environments and handling, nutrition for maximum health and better abattoirs. Since there was no mention of this side, it is easy to understand how the Australian public became so angry. The outrage was fuelled by half-truths and graphic images that I, for one, shall never forget. It has led to hasty decisionmaking, with scant regard for the flow-on effects. The cruelty displayed in the footage was mistakenly called Halal. There have been some very nasty comments linked to this and directed at Indonesia which has the worlds largest Muslim population. Let me assure you that there was nothing Halal about those kills. They were messy, blood tainted the meat, the animals were dam aged and abused and no prayer was said for their soul. Halal kills are quiet, with many people restraining the animal till it has died. The throat must be cut swiftly with a sharp blade. It is a tradition that has carried on and means that stun guns, which were not available in the days of the prophet, could be employed today. This is a cultural decision for the Indonesian people which has garnered support with many but may take time to implement. The Muslim community was on board until the negative slurs began, which has put everyone offside. We must remember in terms of asking Indonesia to adopt our ideas that we are a relatively new culture spanning just 200 years; theirs is a culture reaching back 3000. Small things like personal refrigeration are still a long way off in Indonesias middle to lower class population making the sale of chilled meat unviable. Housewives will feel the meat for warmth to ensure the beast has been killed that day and the meat is fresh. This is a way of life and would require both individuals and cultural groups to make changes. This is not to say we cant offer advice and assistance to improve slaughter conditions, make working conditions safer and improve meat quality. But our high and mighty approach and the continued abuse to their intelligence makes negotiations with people who genuinely wish to improve animal welfare extremely difficult.

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