EVERY second Australian cattle producer will go bankrupt over the next two years, Katter's Australian Party leader and Member for Kennedy Bob Katter claimed.
Mr Katter made the claim in a statement calling on Australians to be aware of the "confronting realities" of a possible ban on live exports of sheep and cattle.
His office said the dire prediction for the future of the industry was based on personal judgment, after "many discussions".
We shouldn't submit to the emotional blackmail expected in the media at the expense of these valuable domestic industries.
"We shouldn't submit to the emotional blackmail expected in the media at the expense of these valuable domestic industries and our global food obligations," the outspoken former Nationals MP said.
"The Australian people must know the downside of our live export ban.
"Our farmers have been destroyed and again.
"Only one in every 10 cattle families remain and cattle numbers have dropped by 23% - a number that would feed 12 million people, who now go hungry.
"Animal libbers will ensure that most countries on earth hate us for our moral arrogance and white-fella superiority.
"A lion stalking and devouring its prey is not a pretty sight, but nor is seeing a skin and bone lion cub starving to death.
"Commonsense is required to ensure a humane and thriving live export industry."
Mr Katter said in addition to the high bankruptcy levels, possibly one in 50 of those would have suicide in their family.
Mr Katter was also critical of the federal agriculture department and Meat and Livestock Australia, which is funded by a levy on producers to oversee the industry.
"I will be moving legislation to abolish the MLA and create a grassroots body run by serious, practicing cattlemen," he said.
"They will have the power and determination to demand and secure the proper performance in the processing out of our animals - a task that the MLA, with their $100 million a year, has failed miserably to do.
"If we can't do this, then what happens to all the sheep and cattle farming families around Australia?
"Their governments have let them down and their industry bodies have let them down. Who is there to fight for them?"
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