Slaughter cruelty exposed.

Animals Australia

Animals Australia team

Last updated 23 November 2016

They stabbed babies.

One by one they were not only stabbed, but burned, electrocuted, and paralysed. Many suffered a knife to their throat while still conscious. Explosive footage from inside an Australian slaughterhouse uncovers meat and dairy industry horror.

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Days old bobby calf being stunned/ electrocuted by dairy industry worker
This dairy calf is not even a week old, but you are witnessing the last day of his life. Disposed of as a ‘waste product’ by the dairy industry, his final moments were spent in terror as he was violently stabbed and burned by electrocution.

Alarm bells

Government regulation and audits are failing. Having been caught out in the past, Riverside Meats in Victoria already had the attention of authorities. Yet still it took secret footage supplied to Animals Australia to catch what audits and regulations failed to detect.

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Close up of a cow and her eye showing extreme fear before being slaughtered
Having heard the thrashing and cries of his companions before him, this steer entered the slaughter restraint box scared out of his mind.

A catalog of cruelty

Over 1,000 videos were sent to authorities cataloging abuses to cows, calves, goats and sheep. But one pig suffered worst of all. She was still conscious after being struck four times with a captive bolt gun. She thrashed and moaned. She was laughed at and sworn at. Then she was shot. Twice. Her ordeal lasting more than six agonising minutes.

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A pig covered with dirt looking towards camera

Evidence must be exposed

A slaughterhouse is a place few people will ever see. But its ‘products’ line the shelves of every supermarket. Behind every bottle of milk or packet of meat is an animal we’ll never know, and whose final moments we cannot comprehend. A slaughterhouse is a place few people will ever see. But its ‘products’ line the shelves of every supermarket. Behind every bottle of milk or packet of meat is an animal we’ll never know, and whose final moments we cannot comprehend.

The inescapable reality is that whenever animals are killed en masse, there will be fear and suffering. But tragically, this is the ‘best case scenario’. Vision supplied to Animals Australia has revealed a litany of daily horrors for the unwanted dairy calves, pigs, cows, sheep and goats sent to one of Victoria’s major slaughterhouses.

Equipment designed to reduce suffering is instead being used as a weapon of torture. Frightened animals are violently and repeatedly stabbed in the neck with prongs of an electrified stunner. This is not only painful — it’s ineffective and can leave animals still conscious and sensible to pain as their throats are cut.

Incredibly, while it remained in operation, this slaughterhouse was investigated for cruelty, twice. Which begs the question, if such routine and entrenched abuse is happening in a facility that should be under increased scrutiny, what hope is there for animals in slaughterhouses across the country, where nobody is watching…?

Mandatory and independently monitored CCTV may help curb extreme abuse. But it’s the demand for meat and dairy that’s fuelling this relentless pressure to kill and butcher animals quickly. Workers become frustrated, corners are cut and cruelty inevitably ensues. That’s partly why 1 in 3 Australians are now choosing to cut back on meat or cut it out completely — removing themselves from this perpetual cycle of cruelty and saving animals from the terror of slaughter.

You have the power to stop the cruelty. Speak out today.

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