Join with Animals Australia and take action for the abused animals in Victorian slaughterhouses
Sickening cruelty toward animals has again been discovered in a Victorian slaughterhouse. Animals Australia was provided with hours of footage, uncovered in a major Victorian abattoir for the second time in three years, prompting calls for mandatory CCTV cameras to be installed in all of the state’s slaughterhouses. The footage depicts daily horrors for pigs, cattle, sheep, goats and just days-old dairy calves at Riverside Meats in Echuca. In one of the worst examples of abuse, a pig in a cattle restraint box suffered four shots from a captive bolt gun, then was shot twice with a rifle, the ordeal lasting over 6 minutes.
Animals Australia’s efforts
Government regulation and audits are failing. Having been caught out in the past, Riverside Meats in Victoria already had the attention of authorities. Yet still it took secret footage supplied to Animals Australia to catch what audits and regulations failed to detect. Over 1,000 videos were sent to authorities cataloging abuses to cows, calves, goats and sheep.
The inescapable reality is that whenever animals are killed en masse, there will be fear and suffering. Mandatory and independently monitored CCTV may help curb extreme abuse. But it’s the demand for meat and dairy that’s fuelling this relentless pressure to kill and butcher animals quickly. Workers become frustrated, corners are cut and cruelty inevitably ensues.
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How you can help
Animals Australia has written to the Minister for Agriculture, Jaala Pulford, calling for the introduction of CCTV cameras in all abattoirs and for footage to be independently monitored, with full (online) streaming access available to enforcement authorities.
Add your name to the call for independently monitored CCTV in all slaughterhouses.