Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Live Corp, excusing animal cruelty
I am not particularly happy at being a meat eater. I do enjoy meat and I try not think about how it got to my plate. Having grown up on a farm, I have a pretty good idea of what happens to animals before they hit your plate. I am right ostrich, am I.
Almost without exception I think, in Australia cattle is slaughtered humanely. Yet the dice for our cattle rolls, and they may get sent to Indonesia, where they are not slaughtered humanely. Worse, they apparently are severely mistreated before they are slaughtered in a cruel manner.
I am sure there is a transcript from the 4 Corners programme about the slaughter of our cattle in Indonesia. You can watch on Iview if you are here in Australia. I am not going to watch. I have heard enough and I am not putting myself through the visuals.
Saturday evening we dined with someone who used to be a person of influence within the Meat and Livestock Corporation. I mentioned to him that the proverbial would hit the fan this Monday when 4 Corners was aired. It has already, he replied. Then he mentioned that 4 Corners were always having a go at the live meat export trade. Thank goodness someone does.
The spinning had started well before the show went to air and continues post the programme.
The figures are vague, but we have been live cattle exporting to Indonesia for between twenty and thirty years. If we have been involved, then that is twenty to thirty years of extreme animal cruelty and still it goes on. As late as January this year Live Corp released a report with the preposterous statement that in Indonesia, generally animal welfare is good.
I can't find it at their website, but I suppose you would call it a mission statement that pops up when you google LiveCorp.
"World leader livecorp provides live exports of livestock including sheep and cattle, focused on animal welfare."
And who really believes LiveCorp that this was an isolated incident? They are now going to audit all Indonesian abattoirs where our cattle are sent over the next two months. Big deal. Like they will find anything with such advance notice.
This is all an absolute joke. Animal cruelty is disgusting and a disgrace. I don't want to be part of Australia if it is to be involved and ultimately responsible for such cruelty. Sadly I am. It is my responsibility and yours if you are Australian.
APPLY THE PRESSURE. STOP LIVE ANIMAL EXPORTS FROM AUSTRALIA NOW.
Later Edit: Winsome has pointed out that Get Up have a petition to present to our Prime Minister. I hadn't checked my email when I wrote this, and sure enough, there was an email from Get Up. Here is a link to sign the petition. The site is slow as obviously many are signing.