Friday, June 3, 2011

Australia Takes Stand Against Animal Cruelty


In an almost unprecedented decision in this world run by the overwhelming "bottom line", the government of Australia has decided to suspend the export of live cattle to 11 slaughterhouses in Indonesia, on claims that those 11 companies have been treating the bovines inhumanely.  The allegations stem from a report, shown on ABC, showed animals being abused, and taking several minutes to die, after their throats had been cut. 

Some Australian politicians have called for a total ban on the exportation of cattle to Indonesia, which brings in about $320 million/ year.  In an attempt to keep the trade routes open, and the 30,000 head of cattle coming into his country each year, the head of animal welfare at Indonesia's Agriculture Ministry said "Animal welfare is a relatively new issue in Indonesia, and we're still developing regulations."

The claim made is that the animals are killed via "dhabiha", the Islamic method of slaughter which is supposed to consist of using a well sharpened knife, making swift deep incisions that cut the front of the throat, the carotid artery, wind pipe and jugular veins but leaves the spinal cord intact.  Here is the video as shown on Australian television.  I had to stop watching about half way through.

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