See inside an 'approved' live export abattoir in Gaza

This video will shock you twice. First when you see what Australian cattle in Gaza are forced to endure in their final moments. And then again when you learn that this very abattoir was approved under the live export 'assurance' system.
Animals Australia

Animals Australia team

Last updated 14 April 2014

We thought it would shock the government, too. But months after we alerted the Department of Agriculture to this brutal slaughter box — a box which breaches the very standards that underpin the continuation of the live trade — it remained in use. During that time, animals suffered terribly.

There are very good reasons why all animal welfare groups strongly oppose the slaughter of fully conscious live cattle. Cutting the throat of an awake, terrified animal is immensely cruel. But the lead up to this moment can be equally traumatic. Controlling and restraining large frightened cattle for a throat cut inevitably involves extended suffering even with the ‘best’ equipment.

The suffering that eventuates when workers use inadequate equipment is nothing short of shocking. This is why we believed the Department of Agriculture would immediately act when provided with footage from the Gaza abattoir in November last year. Vision of a severely distressed Australian bull tipped upside down in a sub-standard slaughter box — his head thrashing wildly in panic as a worker attempted to cut his throat — made it very clear that this facility should never have been ‘approved’, let alone able to pass an exporter-funded audit. But it was approved. And it passed audits. And because of that, thousands of Australian cattle had been enduring horrific deaths at this abattoir.

Urgent action was needed. A new shipment of Australian cattle exported by Livestock Shipping Services (LSS) had just arrived in Israel, destined for Gaza. But it became tragically clear when our Gaza-based investigator visited this ‘approved’ abattoir three months later, urgent action had not been taken. He filmed the horrific death of an Australian bull who was trapped in a slaughter box and stabbed to death by a worker. This shocking evidence was immediately provided to the Department. This time, they suspended the facility. Yet, one week later, Australian animals continued to be slaughtered there.

The Department of Agriculture had a chance to end the suffering of Australian animals who were being brutally killed in breach of Australia’s live export regulations in Gaza — but they neglected to take it. The Department could have suspended Livestock Shipping Services’ export licence. This would have forced LSS to address this situation in Gaza. Instead, LSS was granted a further export permit to send cattle to Israel and sheep to Jordan — despite being the subject of five serious investigations of widespread breaches of Australian regulations in Jordan and Gaza, and being implicated in the approval of an abattoir that failed to meet required standards.

History has taught us that often only when abuses are exposed to the public does our government take appropriate action. You can help achieve justice for animals by taking action today.

 

We thought it would shock the government, too.

But months after we alerted the Department of Agriculture to this brutal slaughter box — a box which breaches the very standards that underpin the continuation of the live trade — it remained in use. During that time, animals suffered terribly.

There are very good reasons why all animal welfare groups strongly oppose the slaughter of fully conscious live cattle. Cutting the throat of an awake, terrified animal is immensely cruel. But the lead up to this moment can be equally traumatic. Controlling and restraining large frightened cattle for a throat cut inevitably involves extended suffering even with the ‘best’ equipment.

The suffering that eventuates when workers use inadequate equipment is nothing short of shocking. This is why we believed the Department of Agriculture would immediately act when provided with footage from the Gaza abattoir in November last year. Vision of a severely distressed Australian bull tipped upside down in a sub-standard slaughter box — his head thrashing wildly in panic as a worker attempted to cut his throat — made it very clear that this facility should never have been ‘approved’, let alone able to pass an exporter-funded audit. But it was approved. And it passed audits. And because of that, thousands of Australian cattle had been enduring horrific deaths at this abattoir.

Urgent action was needed. A new shipment of Australian cattle exported by Livestock Shipping Services (LSS) had just arrived in Israel, destined for Gaza. But it became tragically clear when our Gaza-based investigator visited this ‘approved’ abattoir three months later, urgent action had not been taken. He filmed the horrific death of an Australian bull who was trapped in a slaughter box and stabbed to death by a worker. This shocking evidence was immediately provided to the Department. This time, they suspended the facility. Yet, one week later, Australian animals continued to be slaughtered there.

The Department of Agriculture had a chance to end the suffering of Australian animals who were being brutally killed in breach of Australia’s live export regulations in Gaza — but they neglected to take it. The Department could have suspended Livestock Shipping Services’ export licence. This would have forced LSS to address this situation in Gaza. Instead, LSS was granted a further export permit to send cattle to Israel and sheep to Jordan — despite being the subject of five serious investigations of widespread breaches of Australian regulations in Jordan and Gaza, and being implicated in the approval of an abattoir that failed to meet required standards.

History has taught us that often only when abuses are exposed to the public does our government take appropriate action. You can help achieve justice for animals by taking action today.

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