Wednesday, February 29, 2012

It just goes on

While Australia is hardly lily white when it comes to the way we slaughter our animals for human consumption, Indonesia and the Middle East have time and time again shown that they have a total disregard for the welfare of animals during the slaughter process.

All the regulations put in place and money that was spent after the Indonesian scandal was exposed by animal welfare activists last year seems to have been to no avail.

Just my bad luck that last night I was able to see ABC's Late Line where they showed quite horrible scenes of what can only described as torture of Australian livestock in Indonesia as they went to death.

The authorities are following it up of course and their spin doctors are spinning faster than the best spinning top. Yet, weren't we told that the actions taken last year were to prevent this inhuman method of slaughter?

Clearly the actions haven't worked and there is really no alternative now but to permanently ban the live export of animals. No ifs or buts or we can do it better. The chances have been given and the same problem still exists. How clearer could things be than that?

11 comments:

  1. I agree, ban the live exports.

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  2. Adam Bandt's been on about it ever since he got voted in. It's time to do something about it NOW.

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  3. Yes. Perhaps the only way manage this.

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  4. To be honest I don't see how we can expect Indonesia to properly audit their processes if we can't do it here in a non-Muslim slaughterhouse. But having said that, it is disgusting no matter where it happens. I'd like to see an Imam and certificated Halal butcher from here go over there and say "this can be done decently, and these are the standards". Even if our emissaries were the "wrong" brand of Islam it would leave open more than one possible outcome [do it right or don't do it at all], raising the spectre of meat being dressed here and exported by Halal butchers [value added makes more sense than live export].
    At least we could claim that we tried to be sensitive, and make the point that standards are not negotiable. We are not asking anyone to compromise their beliefs, merely to complement them.

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  5. Trouble is the farmers need the export dollars and muslims insist on live animals.

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  6. Thanks River and Kath.

    FruitCake, I wonder if they have considered what you suggest? I don't think any religion promotes abuse of animals.

    Diane, so far as Indonesia goes, they have made it clear that the importation of our beef will decline as they develop their own growing industry. Yes, it does mean a lost market but sometimes you have to make a stand n principle and I think we ought to in a few other areas too. We could then get on our high horses and lecture other countries.

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  7. I am in no way condoning what continues to happen in Indonesia. But we can only 'lecture' other countries if our own practices are100% clean. Recent footage from a NSW (?) abattoir showed otherwise - and there is anecdotal evidence that some stockyards do not follow best practice either.

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  8. Red, as I said, we are hardly lily white. I would like to be a vegetarian, but I do like my meat. However, I don't want animals to suffer.

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  9. You've said it all. Stop it immediately!

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  10. Bliss, there is not the media storm this time. Already we are past outrage.

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  11. I don't want the animals to suffer either here OR OS. SO ... where is the outrage about the opening of hunting season? Don't get why we think ourselves civilised but allow people to shoot our native animals? 25 quail per hunter per DAY is absurd!

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