28 January 2011
Australian cattle exported to Indonesia for slaughter take an average of four cuts to the throat to die, a new industry-commissioned Report* has revealed.
The Report uncovers multiple animal welfare concerns at every stage of the journey from transport to handling to slaughter.
The RSPCA’s Chief Scientist Dr Bidda Jones said it’s now clear that conditions for cattle in Indonesia are just as bad as those that face Australian sheep exported to the Middle East.
“The majority of the animals observed, and likely the majority of animals exported, were subjected to significant levels of pain, fear and distress during handling and an inhumane slaughter.”
Of most concern to the RSPCA:
Around 80% of Australian cattle exports go to Indonesia and when unloaded animals can be transported to one of120 possible locations for slaughter.
The RSPCA says at the very least cattle should be going into a closed system where they are humanely restrained and where stunning is carried out.
“It’s highly unethical to continue to send Australian cattle into a situation where we know they will be treated inhumanely. We urge the Australian government to immediately act on the RSPCA’s recommendations.”
Read the RSPCA’s full response and recommendations
* Independent study into animal welfare conditions for cattle in Indonesia from point of arrival from Australia to slaughter. Caple, I., McGown, P., Gregory, N., Cusack, P.
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