Saturday, May 19, 2012

Continuing animal cruelty

Back in February I posted about  Australian abattoirs being guilty of animal cruelty, a revelation that was no surprise at all and which followed outrage at the way animals were treated in Indonesian abattoirs.

The abattoir involved in that exposure faced a penalty of up to $110,000 fine or two years jail. It's now been revealed they were fined a laughable $5,200.

Now a government review of practices in the industry has found all ten red meat abattoirs in the state are guilty of animal welfare breaches. All ten.

The NSW Food Authority has issued improvement notices and the government has announced that animal welfare officers will be installed in all NSW abattoirs from the beginning of 2013. There will also be mandatory retraining for all slaughtering staff.

You have to wonder how it was allowed to happen. And you have to wonder if the ABC Lateline team hadn't exposed the Indonesian situation whether anyone would have bothered to check what our abattoirs were up to.

I have to agree with the Greens and Animals Australia, who say the new measures are not enough and that mandatory CCTV should be installed in all NSW abattoirs.

Animals Australia, the Greens and the RSPCA were also critical that ritual (religious) slaughter was not included in the reforms. Again I have to agree. These two thousand year old practices are completely out of place in the 21st Century.

Sydney Morning Herald reports:

Only one abattoir in NSW is authorised to slaughter cattle without prior stunning for kosher purposes. All halal slaughter is pre-stunned in NSW. But that abattoir - Hawkesbury Valley Meat Processors in Wilberforce - is the same one that was exposed for animal cruelty in February.

Animals must be stunned before slaughter - except in the name of religion?

Oh, by the way, two Australian live cattle exporters have been found guilty of breaking new animal welfare rules in Indonesia, less than a year after the regulations were put in place.

Live animal exports are something else that needs to be stopped.

The Sydney Morning Herald report is here


David Blackwell said...

Animals must be stunned before slaughter - except in the name of religion.

Do you mean an exception should be made for religious practices? This seems inconsistent with the rest of your post.

Seabee said...

No, it was sarcasm. I have now added ? to remove any misunderstanding.