PUBLISHED ON: 31 October 2013
The end for these three bulls was violent and tragic. Sadly, on the streets of Mauritius, countless other Australian bulls also suffered terribly.
None of this should ever have happened.
During 2013's Festival of Sacrifice Australian animals were documented being illegally and indiscriminately sold from an 'approved' feedlot in Mauritius, in breach of Australian regulations.
PART 1: Investigators document Australian bulls being illegally and indiscriminately sold from an 'approved' feedlot in Mauritius — breaching live export regulations. Filmed October 2013.
Animals were roughly dragged on and off trucks. They were tied to walls and left to struggle and to wait, throughout a night and another day, before the Festival. On their last day of life, terrified bulls stumbled frantically as ropes were tied around their legs, tripping them to the ground. When they had used every last ounce of energy struggling against their restraints, they collapsed in exhaustion.
PART 2: Investigators documented the appalling unloading of Australian bulls at a private home in preparation for slaughter in Mauritius. Filmed October 2013.
Having already endured so much, the worst was yet to come — their throat cut by untrained hands; their bound legs kicking out in desperation.
At a live export conference in Queensland, the author of an industry-commissioned report called on the live export trade to 'take back control' and for a return to the days of self-regulation.
The unfortunate bulls in Mauritius were delivered to this horror direct from the importer's feedlot — in blatant contravention of Australia's live export regulations. This industry cannot be trusted to play by the rules, let alone write them.
Our Prime Minister says live export "is a good industry". But no government can support an industry that continually breaches regulations.
PART 3: The terrifying ordeal endured by Australian bulls slaughtered on private premises for the Festival of Sacrifice in Mauritius. Filmed October 2013.
Ending live export
For as long as this cruel trade in living beings exists — we remain as committed as ever to sparing animals from falling victim to it. Will you join us?
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