Vet John Holt spoke against live exports
From ANIMAL PEOPLE, September 2013: (Actually published on October 8, 2013)
John Holt, 82, founder of the Australian Small Animal Veterinary Association, founding editor of the Australian Veterinary Practitioner journal, and a past president of the World Small Animal Veterinary Association, died on June 24, 2013 in Mount Wilson, Australia.
A competitive rifleman who represented Australia in the 1960 Olympics, Holt built six veterinary clinics in the Sydney area, then became increasingly involved in animal advocacy, including as veterinary advisor to Working for Animals, founded in 1982 by Christine Townend, who earlier cofounded Animal Liberation Australia and later for 20 years headed the Indian animal charity Help In Suffering.
Holt was especially concerned about the Australian livestock export trade. “It is painfully obvious that the Meat and Livestock Authority and Livecorp have been completely derelict in their responsibilities to the animals involved,” Holt wrote to The Veterinarian in 2011. “They have lied as to their supposed supervision and care to hundreds of thousands of animals. There is only one answer to this dreadful business and that is a complete ban on live export.”