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Cruelty concerns turning Australians away from meat
« Reply #1 on: March 12, 2012, 03:49:22 PM »
The Australian Vegetarian Society says images of animal cruelty have forced people to seek alternatives to factory farmed meat.

Last month, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's Lateline program broadcast footage that showed a steer being slaughtered without first being stunned.

The Australian government imposed a temporary ban on live exports to Indonesia last year, after similar images were shown on Four Corners.

The Vegetarian Society's Mark Berriman says his organisation has fielded many calls since allegations of mistreatment were made.

"I think a lot of people are concerned about the welfare of the animals they're moving towards organic meat and so forth or looking for free range animals rather than factory farmed animals and also that involves transport and necessary transport and so forth," he said.

"So I think it should be seen and exposed and open to the debate to make a clear decision."

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This Indonesian feedlot caters for 24,000 head of cattle each year from Australia. Last year a temporary ban on their export to Indonesia was imposed due to cruelty concerns. [ABC]