Australian Cattle Painfully Butchered in Indonesian Slaughterhouses

PETA Calls On the Public to Take Responsibility by Shunning Meat and Leather

Sydney – PETA has released a brand-new exposé revealing that Australian cattle exported to slaughterhouses in Indonesia thrash in agony as they’re carved up by workers. The chilling scenes of abuse follow a statement from Australian Livestock Exporters’ Council CEO Mark Harvey-Sutton that the council has “full confidence in the standards the Australian industry upholds”. Some of the skins from these animals are turned into shoes and exported – meaning that they can end up back in Australia or anywhere else in the world.

The video footage, taken in April and May at seven randomly selected slaughterhouses, found that cattle were put in restraint boxes and shot with a captive-bolt gun multiple times before their throats were finally slashed. But workers frequently failed to stun cattle effectively and, in one case, repeatedly jabbed a steer with steel rods and twisted his tail over and over to force him to stand up so that a worker could shoot him again. The steer’s tail was so badly broken that a worker complained that it wasn’t getting any further reaction. In some slaughterhouses, cattle weren’t stunned at all – they were just put in a restraint box approved by the Australian government, and their throats were slit.

Workers also stepped on and pulled cows’ tails to check for consciousness after their throats were cut. You can see one animal whose head was dangling from his neck kicking frantically in terror and pain as a worker hacks at whatever flesh is left to sever his head. Conscious cows were left to languish in pools of their own blood for up to 12 minutes.

“The live-export industry is the leather industry, and anyone still eating flesh or wearing skin from these animals is complicit in their cruel treatment,” says PETA spokesperson Emily Rice. “PETA is calling on the public to stop waiting for the government to take action – because it has shown that it won’t – and to take personal responsibility for these cows’ terrifying deaths by going vegan.”

In conjunction with the release of this new footage, PETA will be launching a new billboard campaign next week calling on people to take matters into their own hands by avoiding meat and leather as if it were a matter of life or death – because it is.

PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat or wear” – notes that animals in the live-export industry are raised, transported, and killed in filthy, crowded conditions that are breeding grounds for diseases such as COVID-19, SARS, MERS, and avian and swine flus.

Images of the investigation are available here and a video edit of the investigation is available here.

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