PRESS RELEASE: Investigation reveals shocking abuse of Brazilian animals



Investigation reveals shocking abuse of Brazilian animals

Brazil's live export industry is condemning animals to suffer horrific abuse in overseas slaughterhouses, a shocking Animals International investigation has revealed.

In terrifying and prolonged ordeals, investigators witnessed cattle from Brazil being stabbed in the eyes, ears and legs in Egypt and suffering terrible cruelty in Lebanon.

Brazil sends tens of thousands of cattle to Egypt and the Middle East to be killed for their meat each year, and is looking to grow this trade. There are no laws in destination countries to protect animals from extreme cruelty.

"Brazilian cattle producers would be devastated to witness the immense pain and terror their animals are suffering in slaughterhouses thousands of miles from their farms," said Animals International Latin America Director, Luis Carlos Sarmiento.

"Our investigation found animals being subjected to cruel handling and slaughter methods that would not be acceptable in Brazil and that breach international welfare standards," he added.

In Brazil, cattle are stunned unconscious before slaughter due to humane slaughter legislation. However, this is not the case in Lebanon where attempts to restrain fearful animals routinely lead to brutal treatment like eye gouging and tail twisting, In Egypt, Brazilian bulls were stabbed in the face and slashed in their leg tendons in attempts to bring them to the ground to have their throats cut. All animals exported from Brazil suffer painful fully-conscious slaughter.

"Brazil exports boxed beef to every country it sends live animals to, including significant amounts to Egypt where horrific animal cruelty is systemic. It is unethical and illogical to force animals to suffer in the live export trade when there is a viable and more economically valuable alternative."

Fórum Nacional de Proteção e Defesa Animal, the greatest animal protection network in Brazil, is against livestock export due to animals being subjected to extremely precarious and cruel conditions.

"In addition to being susceptible to hunger, thirst, discomfort and heat stress during transport, they are cruelly slaughtered when they reach their final destination in the Middle East," said Fórum Animal President Elizabeth MacGregor.

"We are very grateful for the partnership with Animals International, that has been working for decades on this issue, and for exposing the suffering of Brazilian animals exported overseas. This subject is still unknown by Brazilian society, being essential to raise awareness, in order to require that authorities, such as the Ministry of Agriculture, take the necessary measures to end this cruelty."

Animals International is urging the Brazil government to:

  • Commit to phasing out live exports completely
  • In the interim, introduce a regulatory system that makes Brazilian exporters legally accountable for ensuring that the supply chains to which they provide animals in importing countries meet international standards
  • Introduce loading and shipboard standards to protect the welfare of exported animals as required under Chapter 7.2.3 of the OIE Transport of Animals by Sea guidelines
  • Ensure a government veterinarian accompanies all livestock shipments by sea
  • Require mandatory reporting of illness/injuries and deaths on ships and the public disclosure of this information

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  • Luis C. Sarmiento M. Animals International Latin American Director | | +57 320 4884404
  • Lisa Chalk Animals Australia Director of Campaigns | | +61 488 006 478


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