ABC Four Corners: 'A Bloody Business' live export exposé

On May 30, 2011, a groundbreaking program revealed the truth about live export — and the suffering of a young Australian steer broke hearts around the world.

LAST UPDATED: 5 June 2020

Before the 30th of May 2011, many people wouldn't have known much — if anything — about live export. But, that night, everything would change as Four Corners broadcast explosive footage from Animals Australia's tenth live export investigation.

The poignant image of a lone black steer — exported live from Australia to wait, trembling violently in fear, his 'turn' to be slaughtered in an Indonesian slaughterhouse — will remain etched in the memory of caring people forever.

'Tommy', as he became known, represented the suffering inherent to the Australian live export trade, and the undeniable ability for all animals to experience fear.

You can watch this groundbreaking program below — or at the Four Corners homepage.

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