PUBLISHED ON: 11 July 2014
Violent abuse of Australian cattle in Gaza's streets and abattoirs shocked caring people in December last year — leading to Australian authorities refusing further live export permits to the region.
But the cruelty continued ... Evidence of ongoing abuse of Australian animals in Gaza has been captured in graphic vision of shocking slaughter practices. Frightened and ill-equipped local workers with no capacity to handle large Australian animals, resort to stabbing eyes and slashing leg tendons to blind and restrain cattle.
Evidence provided by Animals Australia has underpinned ten formal complaints to the Department of Agriculture. We made the two most recent complaints just this last fortnight, based on information from Israeli and Palestinian sources that over a thousand more Australian cattle have been transferred from Israel into Gaza in direct contravention of the government order.
Evidence of live export rules being so openly flouted in Israel and Gaza can mean only one thing: regulatory action taken so far against those involved has been completely ineffective. For the exporter implicated in Gaza — Livestock Shipping Services — it has been 'business as usual' — including continuing to export to Jordan where they're under investigation in four other serious complaints.
Companies that are continuing to supply animals to Gaza are placing both the welfare of local people and cattle at grave risk.
Cattle producers should be demanding answers. They — and all Australians — have every right to expect that live export regulations would be complied with.