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Demand CCTV in all slaughterhouses

This frightened turkey was beaten, kicked, slammed into a wall, and then stomped to death by an Ingham's worker — seemingly for 'fun'. She was one of many victims of routine and sadistic abuse, uncovered by Animal Liberation NSW and aired on Lateline.

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21/03/13:
Turkeys are being sadistically abused at an Ingham's slaughterhouse in NSW.

An investigation by Animal Liberation (NSW & ACT), aired on ABC's Lateline, has revealed workers repeatedly kicking, punching, and kneeing birds, as well as slamming them into walls and stomping on them — apparently for fun. One worker even tried to rip the heads off live birds.

This tragic story is sadly only one in a long and shameful list of cruelty incidents at Australian abattoirs. Please take action to help save other animals from a similar fate.

Sadly, the nature of slaughterhouses is that animals will always experience fear and will suffer within their walls. Much of the deliberate cruelty inflicted on these animals was illegal, yet even when no laws were being broken, their suffering was clear — including birds' legs being ripped off under the sheer strain of being shackled and hung upside down.

From the footage, it is clear these Inghams workers knew what they were doing was wrong. Yet, when no one was looking they would torture birds for their own amusement. The horrific abuse of these turkeys serves as a wake up call that despite Australia's regulated abattoir system, without a watchful eye animals are at risk of even graver cruelty.

The UK Government is already considering the compulsory installation of CCTV cameras in slaughterhouses to help reduce breaches of animal protection laws.

Please call on your state meat authority and on the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS - responsible for monitoring export slaughterhouses), to establish greater accountability of slaughter practices by requiring inspectors to install and monitor CCTV cameras in all abattoirs.

(Note for ACT residents: There are no slaughterhouses in the ACT. The majority of ACT's meat supply comes from NSW slaughtering facilities, therefore your message will automatically be sent to the NSW Food Authority.)

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