Victorian Russell Broadbent said he had recently been with a group of very conservative women from farming families, among whom the topic was white hot.
Broadbent didn't use the term "doctors' wives", but these are the people he meant – Liberal supporters whose vote can be moved by particular causes.
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.
In Israel, a petition against live sheep shipments has been signed by 60 leading rabbis.
The submission recommends an increase in the space allocation for each animal of at least 30% for sheep weighing 40-60 kilograms – the weight range of the typical sheep sent to the Middle East.
Michelle Grattan speaks with Deep Saini about the week in Australian politics.
The male cardinal tenderly feeding his mate is just one example of the hard work wild animals undertake in springtime. That work often benefits humans.
Wild animals are hard at work this spring. Here's how their hard labour benefits humans, and why we should be more appreciative.
Shadow agriculture minister Joel Fitzgibbon said farmers could actually benefit from the end of live sheep exports.
The undertaking represents another stage in the toughening of Labor policy on the issue. The opposition had a bipartisan approach a few weeks ago.
Golden retriever puppies, among Australia’s favourite pet dogs.
Giving male dogs the snip is a common practice in Australia and elsewhere to help reduce the number of unwanted dogs. But it can also lead to some unwanted behavioural problems.
Michelle Grattan speaks to University of Canberra's Deep Saini about the week in Australian politics.
Ranging free in the yard.
From Brooklyn to Los Angeles, thousands of Americans are raising chickens in their backyards. But without stricter regulation, urban poultry farming is risky for both humans and birds.
Horses graze on a ranch as the sun rises near Smithers, B.C., in September 2017.
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Horses have played a major role in our culture and have worked hard for human beings for eons. But there's high turnover and pressing labour issues in horse stables. It's time to figure out why.
A Polish cow who escaped while on her way to the slaughterhouse is seen here with her new companions, a herd of wild bison. It’s time to treat the animals who work so hard for us with humanity and compassion.
(Rafal Kowalczyk via AP)
Animals do so much work for humans, from farm animals who die to feed us to service animals helping veterans with PTSD. It's time we gave back by providing humane living and working conditions.
The use of the whip on Australian horse racing is still legal, but is it necessary?
AAP Image/Mal Fairclough
Banning the whip in Australian horse racing would only deter a minority of race enthusiasts from gambling or watching any events.
New research explains that dogs may have evolved to eat faeces as a way to prevent the spread of disease.
War for the Planet of the Apes used no real primates.
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Using real apes and monkeys as actors in film and TV encourages people to see them as pets.
There are concerns that the new draft poultry standards don’t truly have chickens’ welfare at heart.
The current review of standards for egg and poultry farming does little to assuage fears that the industry wields too much influence. Only an independent regulator can restore public confidence.
Much of the world is moving away from battery cages for chickens.
AAP Image/Sergio Dionisio
Proposed national standards for chicken farming argue that battery cages are not a significant detriment to hens' health.
The mane attraction.
Computer models have produced some very worrying results.
There's plenty of evidence that even fish have feelings.
The Trump administration is considering requests from hunters to import wildlife trophies (body parts) on a case-by-case basis. Does this approach promote conservation or threaten endangered species?