Western Australia’s Jewish community has described calls for the reopening of a live export market to Iran as “unethical”.
The Pastoralists and Graziers Association (PGA) has called for an end to the 30-year boycott of exporting live sheep and cattle to Iran.
The Middle Eastern country was one of Australia’s biggest markets before the trade was stopped in the 1980s and the PGA says its resumption would be a massive help to producers.
However, the Jewish Community Council’s Steve Lieblich says, given Iran’s hostile attitude towards Israel and other nations, resuming the trade would be “shameful”.
“I just ask them to look at the bigger picture and look at the wellbeing of the entire free world, rather than just profit,” he said.
“I hope there’s plenty of other markets for our agricultural produce.”