For Immediate Release:
31 August 2020
The Public Agrees: Moorabool Shire Council Should Block Intensive Cattle Feedlot
Beremboke – Residents of Moorabool Shire, Victoria, and compassionate Australians nationwide have joined People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) in expressing grave concerns about plans for an intensive cattle feedlot in Beremboke submitted to Moorabool Shire Council.
If approved, the operation would imprison up to 3,100 cows at a time, all of them spending the final months of their lives in cramped, barren, faeces-filled yards to be fattened before slaughter.
A PETA petition opposing the move has garnered almost 8,000 signatures from people urging the council to reject the plans on the grounds of animal welfare, pollution, and health concerns. In the petition, PETA points out that such filthy, crowded conditions harm animals, create massive pollution problems for nearby communities, and promote the spread of disease.
“Thousands of compassionate, logical people have already spoken, and Moorabool Shire Council should heed their concerns about animal welfare, pollution, and the risk of disease,” says PETA spokesperson Emily Rice. “Building an intensive feedlot at a time when Australians are increasingly taking steps towards eating vegan isn’t a smart long-term investment for Beremboke or the state as a whole.”
Cows in feedlots often suffer from foot rot, botulism, respiratory disease, and liver abscesses.
PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat” and which opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview – notes that cows are curious, playful animals who love to frolic in the grass, not “products” to be fattened in muddy pens for profit.
For more information, please visit PETA.org.au.