Australia fuels horrific cattle cruelty

Animals Australia

Animals Australia team

Last updated 29 February 2012

Despite new ‘safeguards’ introduced in 2011 by the Gillard government, in Feb 2012 Animals Australia investigators once again documented shocking treatment of cattle in Indonesian slaughterhouses.

In 2011 the Gillard government gave the live export
industry a second chance that it didn’t deserve — and reopened the live cattle
trade to Indonesia despite overwhelming calls from the community for the trade
to be permanently banned.

We were promised that a new ‘regulatory framework’ would
protect Australian cattle from ever again being abused in Indonesian abattoirs, but new footage from Indonesia reveals how hollow that promise was. Knowing
that local abattoirs would be warned to be on the lookout for Australian animal
cruelty investigators — Animals Australia engaged an Indonesian investigator
to visit three abattoirs in Jakarta.

What he documented there over three nights has again shocked
and appalled Australians and has conclusively proven that the new ‘system’ will
in no way protect Australian cattle from cruelty on a nightly basis. Animals
Australia lodged an official complaint with the Federal government
highlighting that the evidence provided contains 61 different breaches of the
basic standards expected from workers in abattoirs — including not checking
that cattle were dead before they were being butchered.

This further evidence again conclusively proves that
Australia cannot ensure the well-being of exported animals in importing
countries — especially where there are no laws to protect them from cruelty.
It also reveals once again the immoral nature of Australia’s live exporters who
continue to reap profits from animal cruelty.

Australians overwhelmingly want live export to end. The
Federal government is out of excuses — since they are unable to guarantee to
the Australian community that exported animals will be treated humanely — this
trade must end.

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