Compassion in World Farming has released video footage of animals being slaughtered in abattoirs and in the streets in Egypt, Turkey and Indonesia (all countries which are regularly supplied with live Australian animals) that is so shocking there is a disclaimer presented for those who want to view it.
The shocking video shows cattle in Egypt as their leg tendons are slashed and as they are beaten repeatedly on the head with metal poles in a cruel attempt to stun them. Sheep in Turkey (Australia’s third largest importer of live sheep) are shown being strung up on the kill line by one rear leg, fully conscious and flailing in terror. These actions are in direct breach of World Organisation for Animal Health guidelines and recommendations on animal slaughter.
In perhaps the most shocking part of the video, a cow is slaughtered, and her fully formed calf is dragged from her dying body. The calf is alive and conscious and cries for his mother before his throat is slit and his body is thrown down a rubbish chute.
This is the reality of what happens to Australian animals who are sent overseas to slaughter. And before arriving to face this terrible death, the animals must face days, sometimes even weeks, on stinking, cramped ships, enduring extreme heat with minimal veterinary care available.
Tens of thousands of animals every year will never even make it to their destination. Many will die on their way to slaughter from inanition (starvation from refusing to eat), salmonellosis and various other illnesses and injuries.
Is this really how we want our animals to be treated? It’s time for every one of us to speak up for the millions of live animals who are exported from our shores every year and to tell the Australian government to ban live export today.
Posted by Jason Baker