Australia fuels horrific cattle cruelty

Despite new 'safeguards' introduced in 2011 by the Gillard government, in Feb 2012 Animals Australia investigators once again documented shocking treatment of cattle in Indonesian slaughterhouses.

PUBLISHED ON: 29 February 2012

In 2011 the Gillard government gave the live export industry a second chance that it didn't deserve — and reopened the live cattle trade to Indonesia despite overwhelming calls from the community for the trade to be permanently banned.

We were promised that a new 'regulatory framework' would protect Australian cattle from ever again being abused in Indonesian abattoirs, but new footage from Indonesia reveals how hollow that promise was. Knowing that local abattoirs would be warned to be on the lookout for Australian animal cruelty investigators — Animals Australia engaged an Indonesian investigator to visit three abattoirs in Jakarta.

What he documented there over three nights has again shocked and appalled Australians and has conclusively proven that the new 'system' will in no way protect Australian cattle from cruelty on a nightly basis. Animals Australia lodged an official complaint with the Federal government highlighting that the evidence provided contains 61 different breaches of the basic standards expected from workers in abattoirs — including not checking that cattle were dead before they were being butchered.

This further evidence again conclusively proves that Australia cannot ensure the well-being of exported animals in importing countries — especially where there are no laws to protect them from cruelty. It also reveals once again the immoral nature of Australia's live exporters who continue to reap profits from animal cruelty.

Australians overwhelmingly want live export to end. The Federal government is out of excuses — since they are unable to guarantee to the Australian community that exported animals will be treated humanely — this trade must end.

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