See video footage via this link:
How can this failed system be allowed to continue?
Mark, you don’t need to read this news article — it contains distressing content. But I wanted to make sure you were aware of it and to seek your help once again, to apply strategic pressure where animals need it most right now (details below).
We secured this major media story in the Sydney Morning Herald today — exposing brutal treatment to cattle that should have been wiped out of the live export industry nine years ago.
You’d be forgiven for thinking that this image was from our 2011 live export investigation in Indonesia. The sad reality is that it was captured just two weeks ago in Aceh, on the island of Sumatra.
Having witnessed first-hand the distress caused by these awful slaughter boxes — installed by Australian industry officials — it’s been deeply disturbing to see them still being used — and in complete defiance of Australian live export laws.
Perhaps most alarming is that the cattle being brutalised in this footage are going through Australian approved and audited slaughterhouses — exposing an auditing and monitoring system that is failing.
And once again, had this appalling situation not been reported by Animals Australia, it would still be continuing.
One of the great flaws of the regulatory system put in place after our investigations in Indonesia is that ‘approved’ slaughterhouses can still allow brutal methods of slaughter — such as sledgehammering or the use of cruel restraint boxes — as long as Australian animals are killed via other means.
Putting aside that no animal — be they Australian or otherwise — should be subjected to such brutality, it’s absurd to expect that these rules be followed night after night or for anyone to trust that they will be when there is no independent oversight inside these facilities.
And we’ve just seen again in Indonesia, the most graphic example of what happens when Australia’s live export industry is left to its own devices.
Animals Australia has lodged a legal complaint and we believe the offending exporter should be stripped of their licence. But in addition, we are calling for CCTV cameras to be introduced into all facilities that handle and kill Australian animals overseas — and importantly, for the live export regulator to have access to live feeds.
Animals are at greatest risk in this trade when exporters think nobody is watching.
Mark, I know that like us, you just want this trade to end. But while it remains legal, we need to push for every possible additional protection we can get. And independently monitored CCTV cameras would add a layer of scrutiny that animals desperately need right now.
The best chance we have of the Minister and the regulator taking notice of this very reasonable request is if they’re feeling pressure from Federal MPs — the very politicians who exist to represent you — many of whom by all accounts, are just as fed up with this industry as we are. So please take a few minutes to contact your MP now — you can find their details here.
[You’ll note that ordinarily we provide a template letter to make it as efficient as possible for you to take action for animals. And thousands of people did that last week — if you were one, thank you! But in this case, your message will carry the greatest weight if you write it yourself. It doesn’t need to be long — just note this latest case of live export cruelty and demand independently monitored CCTV cameras to be installed in all places that import Australian animals, and for licence cancellations for exporters who break the rules].