How can any country consider themselves civilized when we allow animals to be treated as such? At least if these animals are slaughtered in Australia (or any country where "meat" animals are bred), they will not suffer the long weeks in transport, and then to be killed using even more barbaric means than are employed in the animals' country of birth. These animals feel the same pain and fear as any cat or dog. Labelling them as "food animals" does not justify inhumane, vicious treatment. (Did you know that the RSPCA was originally founded to protect the lives and well-being of livestock, not cats and dogs?)
Let us not forget that we humans are "only animals"; we may be the dominant species on planet Earth but we are still just another variety of primate. We are a thread on the web of life, not the whole web; but we consider that everything and every living thing is to be used and abused for our own profit and benefit, and as a result, end up destroying the very fabric of the web that we depend upon for our own survival in order to satisfy our own greed and wish to control and dominate. In the words of Lenny Kravitz, "Let LOVE RULE"!