Live trade -vs- frozen/chilled meat

Some will maintain that Australia should stop the trade in preference for supplying frozen or chilled meat.

Australia has developed a significant trade in meat to Muslim markets in the Middle East and Asia. In 2005 the total value of processed meat exports was over $5.9 billion (compared to around $700 million for live exports), of which around $310 million involved exports to the major Muslim markets. This includes approximately $203 million to the Middle East.

Nevertheless, while Australian meatworks have shown they can slaughter livestock according to religious requirements of our customers, the need for trade in live animals continues because some markets have a strong cultural preference for freshly slaughtered meat. In 2005 the value of live animal exports to the major Muslim markets was around $557 million, including approximately $320 million to the Middle East.