We need CCTV in all slaughterhouses!
Investigation by Animal Liberation
An investigation by Animal Liberation aired on ABC’s Lateline, has revealed workers from Ingham’s slaughterhouse in NSW are repeatedly kicking, punching, and kneeing birds, as well as slamming them into walls and stomping on them — apparently for fun. One worker even tried to rip the heads off live birds. You can watch the investigation here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4FZwD7k8_jY
Unfortunately this deplorable behaviour happens in many slaughterhouses in Australia across the country. Recently, in response to shocking footage filmed by Animal Liberation NSW at a Sydney slaughterhouse, the NSW Food Authority conducted a review of all domestic slaughterhouses in NSW that kill sheep, cattle, goats and pigs. What they found was even more shocking: Animal welfare breaches were uncovered at every domestic slaughterhouse in NSW, including “incompetency of slaughtering staff” and ineffective stunning — meaning some animals may have been fully conscious at slaughter.
Sadly, the NSW government’s announced package to address these problems does not include installation of CCTV, but rather relies largely on training and more self-regulation.
Animals Australia campaign
Animals Australia is leading the change – they have started a campaign to demand CCTV in all slaughter houses, and you can be a part of the action.
“CCTV in slaughterhouses would act like ‘glass walls’ in slaughterhouses and whilst they might not necessarily make the world ‘go vegetarian’ as Paul McCartney once famously opined, it would ensure the higher levels of transparency and scrutiny that many in our community have come to expect in terms of animal welfare.” – Greens Animal Welfare spokesperson Tammy Franks.
In the Ingham slaughterhouse, much of the deliberate cruelty inflicted on these animals was illegal, yet even when no laws were being broken, their suffering was clear — including birds’ legs being ripped off under the sheer strain of being shackled and hung upside down.
From the footage in the Lateline investigation, it is clear these Ingham’s workers knew what they were doing was wrong. Yet, when no one was looking they would torture birds for their own amusement. The horrific abuse of these turkeys serves as a wakeup call that despite Australia’s regulated abattoir system, without a watchful eye animals are at risk of even graver cruelty.
With your help, we can bring about change and insist on the installation of CCTV in all slaughterhouses.
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The UK Government is already considering the compulsory installation of CCTV cameras in slaughterhouses to help reduce breaches of animal protection laws.
Take action by calling on your state meat authority and on the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS – responsible for monitoring export slaughterhouses), to establish greater accountability of slaughter practices by requiring inspectors to install and monitor CCTV cameras in all abattoirs: