The sight of a tiny dairy calf drowning in his own blood is the stuff of nightmares. As are disturbing images of a cow being shot five times in the head in a ‘stunning’ procedure gone terribly wrong.
These are just some of the scenes documented by Farm Transparency Project investigators across five slaughterhouses in Tasmania.
The month-long investigation not only uncovered widespread acts of animal cruelty but major breaches of regulations – exposing a complete failure of government regulators to monitor and enforce basic standards.
Slaughterhouses are already dreadful places for animals, but this harrowing footage shows the additional risk they can face when nobody is watching. Evidence includes:
- Pigs being punched and kicked
- Cows and pigs being struck in the face and body with electric prodders
- Sheep being kicked and thrown
- Calves having their throats cut while fully conscious (due to inadequate ‘stunning’)
- Goats, cows and pigs dragged by their horns, tails and ears
- Ineffective ‘stunning’ of cows leading to animals being shot up to five times with captive bolt
- Rough and aggressive handling of animals to force them into restraining devices.
Animals Australia has called for the immediate suspension of these five slaughterhouses, pending an investigation, and for independently monitored CCTV to be mandated in all facilities that kill animals across the state.
While slaughterhouses will always be places of fear and suffering for animals, CCTV could at least motivate compliance with regulations and spare animals from the type of abuse uncovered in this investigation. Please use this form to call on your state MP to support compulsory and importantly, independent, regularly monitored CCTV in all slaughterhouses in Tasmania.