PUBLISHED ON: 23 September 2011
Australians expect that on our own shores animals will at least be spared from the terror of fully conscious slaughter.
Though usually illegal in Australia, a loophole is allowing some SA & VIC abattoirs to kill fully conscious sheep for a small ritual slaughter market. When we alerted our supporters that the Primary Industries Standing Committee (PISC) was to consider closing this cruel loophole, a tide of action followed. Almost 20,000 people voiced their condemnation of this cruel practice. Now we need to place pressure on the state Ministers for Agriculture, who will ultimately make the decision on this important issue.
The PISC met on Friday September 23rd where they decided on their recommendation to the Federal and State Agriculture Ministers. It will be the Ministers who have the final say on whether or not Australia will spare all sheep a prolonged painful death in abattoirs on its shores.
The PISC recommendation will not be made public, but the thousands of messages that they have received during the last week will have left no doubt that the community wants to see an end to this practice.
The Ministers will make their decision at the meeting of the Primary Industries Ministerial Council (PIMC) on 28 October. Please click here to send an urgent message to the Ministers to close the loophole and end this brutal practice.