Falinski said it was more efficient to have the sheep processed in Australia.
He told The Conversation that even when he finished his degree in the 1990s "the economic rationale for continuing the trade wasn't strong".
A protester holds a placard at an Adelaide rally against live export.
In choosing not to ban the live export trade even in the hottest northern months, the federal government is allowing animals to be put in conditions where they cannot possibly escape suffering.
Support is growing for a ban on live export, but what will replace it?
In the face of shocking footage of animals dying on ships, it seems impossible that our live export trade will remain as it is. Here are three areas to address.
A sheep undergoing live export in 2017.
Footage of sheep transport conditions have shocked many, but live export has a long history in Australia.
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New research suggests Dolly's cloning process didn't create health problems.
It's no surprise sheep can recognise people – their intelligence is often overlooked.
Tabatha Bundesen’s pet Tardar Sauce became an Internet sensation known as “Grumpy Cat” for a resting facial appearance that resembles a look of dissatisfaction. Now, scientists are starting to be able to read animal emotions from their expressions.
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Scientists are beginning to link animal facial expressions to emotions, making it possible for us to understand how they feel.
Australian consumption of chicken and pork both now far outstrip beef, mutton and lamb.
Total meat consumption per capita in Australia has been stable since the 1960s but the type of meat consumed has changed significantly. Chicken and pork both now far outstrip beef, mutton and lamb.
Australia has a complex relationship with the dingo.
Australian farmers and graziers have historically been against dingoes on their lands. But in a bid to adapt to changing conditions, some are embracing the predators and their potential.
Warmer temperatures are likely to cause heat stress in cattle raised on natural pastures and in feedlots.
Drought is a massive problem for southern Africa. The region requires adaptation and mitigation strategies if it's to cope with the changing climate.
Livestock ultimately came to South Africa from the north in a migratory event.
There are many theories on how livestock made its way to South Africa. The answer is quite complex and not as simple as one would think.
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Dolly the sheep died young with osteoarthritis, but new evidence shows early-onset diseases aren't inevitable for clones.
Love me, love my goat.
We assume that dogs are smarter than other domesticated animals, but science says otherwise.
Kangaroos are much lighter on the land than sheep and cows.
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Eating cows and sheep is unsustainable. Here are some better alternatives.
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French farms have seen a major outbreak of bluetongue virus, which can be fatal for sheep.
Australia’s rules are meant to stop livestock being sold in roadside markets, but breaches are still being reported.
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After the 2011 live export crisis, Australia brought in rules designed to keep animals in accredited abattoirs. But with breaches widespread, there is little evidence that the rules are being policed.
The sheep genome has been sequenced after an eight-year collaboration involving 26 institutions from eight countries. The…
After a tip-off from an Egyptian vet, Animals Australia sparked a government investigation into what an industry leader described as “horrific” slaughtering practices in Egypt last year. Tougher rules have now been promised.
Australia looks set to resume exporting live sheep to Iran, after Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce this week flagged the end of a 40-year ban following Iran’s Islamic revolution. Flanked by the chief…
A dead dingo in 2013 (left) and a Tasmanian tiger, last seen in the wild in 1932.
Dingo photography by Aaron Greenville; a hunted thylacine in 1869, photographer unknown.
The last Tasmanian tiger died a lonely death in the Hobart Zoo in 1936, just 59 days after new state laws aimed at protecting it from extinction were passed in parliament. But the warning bells about its…