Horror footage stops exports to Indonesia

2011-06-07 21:23

Sydney - Australia late on Tuesday suspended its $350m live cattle trade with Indonesia after gruesome televised images exposed slaughterhouse practices there.

The ban would last until proper treatment of the animals was assured, said Agriculture Minister Joe Ludwig, who signed the order, according to The Sydney Morning Herald. The government had temporarily suspended exports to 11 abattoirs after the footage aired nationally last week.

It showed steers being whipped and taking minutes to die after their throats were slit repeatedly. Australian abattoirs stun the animals first.

About 770 abattoirs operate in Indonesia and only five use the stun-gun method, according to Lyn White, campaign director of the animal welfare group Animals Australia, who filmed the footage.

Indonesia's methods of slaughtering animals are based on Islamic teachings, For Riwantoro, a senior official at Indonesia's ministry of agriculture, told The Associated Press last week.


"We have to protect consumers by ensuring they consume not only healthy and clean meat, but most important, it must be halaal," Riwantoro said.

He said without Australian cattle, Indonesia would rely more on local cattle or would look for imports from other countries.

Prime Minster Julia Gillard was quoted in the Morning Herald saying Australia would work with Indonesians and the cattle industry to bring about changes in the slaughterhouses.

Key lawmakers and Animals Australia and the Australian Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, better known as the RSPCA, had sought the ban on cruelty grounds.

The animal welfare groups co-operated with Australian Broadcasting Corporation to produce the television footage aired nationally.

  • sharpeijane - 2011-06-07 21:56

    well News24, when they get the footage, ensure you send us a picture.

      Martin du Plessis - 2011-06-08 10:30

      Show a picture on a national news site of Cruelty in an ABATTOIR? Yeah, that'll go over well.

      Irené - 2011-06-08 11:14

      you can find the footage online-if you are so much inclined- although its been removed from some sites- its frriggen sick- those are real animals with feelings. If this is how humans treat other spieces I am afraid we have gone back on the evolutionary chain- when will humans realise that we will never know peace among ourselves if we cannot even treat the innocent with some decency and respect. The entire LIVE EXPORT industry is so twisted, not just the barbaric killing methods- but SHIPPING an innocent animal over the ocean just so it can be slaughtered- greedy evil humans. This has nothing to do with religion- but the common decency that resides within some of us- if you have any conscience- you would never support such a barbaric industry.

  • Ascendo Tuum - 2011-06-08 06:40

    As if making people suffer through the brainwashing of an archaic and outdated doctrine that is religion isn't bad enough, animals who live their lives quite contentedly and in peace without any knowledge of a supposed big fairy in the sky also have to suffer.

      Old Man - 2011-06-08 09:46

      Ascendo, for your sake I hope that by the time you breathe your final breath, you've come to know the "big fairy in the sky". Otherwise you'll be in for a big surprise...

      Gemini - 2011-06-08 10:13

      A piece on info - Islamic slaughtering of animals totally forbid putting the animal through any sort of pain whatsoever. If you make an animal suffer you will be made to suffer like that as well because animals are also God's creation. Requirements for slaughter 1. Instrument of slaughter MUST be sharp 2. 3 strokes or less are to be used & at no stage are you allowed to make the animal suffer 3. U are allowed to stun the animal prior to slaughter if this will help make the process less painful for the animal. However this only ensures that the animal is in a state of shock and not that it cannot feel the "pain". Not sure what they mean by "throats were slit repeatedly" as according to Islamic teachings you should not lift your knife once you've commenced the slaughter so the 3 strokes have to happen fast and simultaneously.

  • - 2011-06-08 10:10

    They should just buy cattle from us, our police drag cows with broken legs behind their vans to their station for braaiing.... sick sick sick how people dont have any sypathy

  • daaivark - 2011-06-08 11:24

    This is just part of the whole picture. In the late 80s a film was released showing the treatment of animals in laborotories. It was called the Animals Film and was easily the most disturbing film I have ever seen.

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