Australian cattle farmers should hang their heads in shame.
The live animal export trade they deal in leads to the unbelievably cruel slaughter of animals, as shown again on Australian TV (31st May 2011) on ABC’s Four Corners story A Bloody Business.
Animals that the farmers say they love and care for are exported to Indonesia – where they are not just slaughtered but are tortured in the most horrendous way imaginable. In saying that, I don’t believe many people would have such a sadistic mind as to be able to conjure up such a sick and depraved piece of unnecessary and wanton cruelty beyond which I would have thought possible, even for humans, to carry out. The farmers know of the cruelty, yet for money they let the animals pay the price – not just with their lives but also by torture in the extreme. A brief description of this torture: the animals are tied one by one to a pole and hosed down with cold water causing them to fall over. The workers repeatedly bang their heads on the concrete floor and whip and kick them to get them into the correct position to enable one of the men there to, supposedly, cut the throat with one clean cut. However, in reality it is more like a saw cutting the throat needing numerous attempts before getting it done.
You can view video of the report at the Four Corners website:
Halal law states that the animal is alive at the time of slaughter yet they do not even stun the animal to render it unconscious before this is done to them. While this is happening to one of the herd, the rest are forced to watch these acts on their mates. When, after quite some time, the animal eventually dies – often crying out a noise which sounds like ‘why? why? why?’ One by one they are strung up, skinned and disembowelled and then slaughtered – all with the rest of the herd watching, until eventually it gets down to just the one animal left who can be seen just standing there waiting for her own torture and death. Shaking and quivering, knowing exactly what is about to happen to her.
While Australia allows this to happen to our cattle, how can we in all honesty expect Japan to listen to us on the whaling issue?
Has Australia lost it’s decency and sense of shame? I believe that sadly it has. Or at least the cattlemen who benefit directly. In fact all Australians benefit from the profits of the farmers, so this is being done in all our names. Especially during the recent periods of drought, people sympathise with farmers when in fact they are making huge profits by this cruel practice. They even have the audacity to attack Coles supermarkets for taking a few cents of the farmers’ profits and giving it back to the people. Yes, they provide the nation with food but at what costs are we, as humans, paying them? We are paying them not only with our money but something a lot more precious – our humanity.
The animals could be slaughtered at Australian abattoirs and the meat transported to Indonesia or to any other country. This disgraceful business has to stop. We can sign the petition, write letters to our Prime Minister and MPs, protest on the street, boycott Indonesia, lobby the farmers and all who participate in this vile and evil trade. This is the most barbaric thing that I have ever seen. A lady in the programme said what I had just been thinking, in years to come people will say the same things about this practise as we now say about slavery.
This has to be abolished. Whilst writing this I have found it very difficult to find the words to describe this abhorrence – there are no words strong enough to condemn this practise.
I cannot even begin to convey the suffering that these animals suffer for financial greed.
All are guilty – from the farmer to the politicians who, in our name, condone this barbaric, vile and evil trade. For what? Money and power. To put any living thing through this type of pain should be an abhorrence to every single one of us. We are collectively guilty of this if we let it continue.
Disgusting behaviour. Each cut of the throat is one of us Australians doing the cutting – nothing absolves any one of us from that. If animal slaughter has to take place, then it should be as decent as possible and certainly, at least, humane.
More than 36,000 head of cattle were exported out of the Port of Townsville last year alone, with more than 22,000 going to Indonesia. Cattle being kicked and whipped, their throats slit with blunt knives, their eyes gouged and their tails broken – this should sicken every single individual everywhere. A shame on you Australia – that which was once a proud country has now stooped to this atrocity. Shame.
There is not one bit of evidence to show why this practise should continue. All political parties should be very careful in sorting this crime against humanity out. It needs to be done quickly or suffer the loss of power. The Australian people call for an immediate ban on all live exports. Any readers outside Australia are equally invited to protest against this deplorable torture.
|photo credit: Martin Cathrae||photo credit: Nir Nussbaum|