Let me tell you now. I am a meat eater. In fact sometimes I love nothing more than a juicy steak with gravy and mashed potato.
However I am also an animal lover and just the thought that an animal could be senselessly tortured and brutalized before being killed for its meat appalls me.
I love food. I love sourcing it, cooking it and eating it. I love organic fruits and vegetables and I like knowing that my meat was treated humanely when still alive. The images I saw on 4 Corners last night was the stuff nightmares are made of. I won't go into details - the images are still too raw in my head and I can't even bring myself to say it let alone type it.
However I have signed online petitions and sent letters to my local MP's asking - begging - them to approach Parliament about banning live export of our livestock to countries that have no idea or even inclination to treat beef cattle, or any other livestock, humanely. I won't be stopping there. I will be writing to the PM and contacting Animal Welfare to find out what else I can do. I'm an average Australian citizen with no power to change the world - but if enough of us 'nobody's' get together, who knows what we can achieve.