On 30th May 2011, Australia awoke to the shocking reality of live export.
That was the day ABCs Four Corners broadcast footage from Animals Australia’s tenth live export investigation — in a program called ‘A Bloody Business’.
The nation watched in horror as the fate of Australian animals who are exported live — to face terrifying ‘roping’ and fully-conscious slaughter in Indonesian slaughterhouses — was revealed.
The poignant image of a lone black steer, trembling violently in fear as he watches his companions killed and butchered in front of him, will remain forever etched in the memory of caring people — in Australia, and all over the world.
Although he tragically could not be saved, this young steer — ‘Tommy’, as he came to be known — instantly became an icon, representing the suffering inherent to the Australian live export trade, and the undeniable ability for all animals to experience fear.