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Workers in Jakarta’s slaughterhouses say the way they kill cattle is not inhumane and uses only conventional “manual” measures.

Muhammad Mudhofir, who previously worked at the Pulogadung slaughterhouse in East Jakarta, told The Jakarta Post recently that he and his co-workers typically crippled animals before they were killed.

“When we killed an animal manually, first we’d incapacitate it and tie it down by its head and legs,” he said. “We could also do it with the help of restraining boxes and stun guns but, in practice, we found it was easier to do it manually.”

Mudhofir, a slaughterhouse worker from 1997 to 2002, said some people might fight the process of incapacitating cattle disturbing or abusive.

To cripple cattle, he said, workers had to slash an animal’s legs to make it drop to the ground and then slash its neck to render it unconscious.

“The slaughterhouse workers are accustomed to the traditional methods. We were never trained in modern tools such as restraining boxes or stun guns, he said, adding that such training was non-existent at his slaughterhouse.

“It is true that workers might kick, punch or do anything that necessary to make the animal fall down.”

Cattle were typically killed between 1 a.m. and 2 a.m. so the carcasses could be readied for sale by 4 a.m.

Mudhofir no longer works at a slaughterhouse. He owns a butcher shop in Mampang, South Jakarta, and only slaughters cattle occasionally upon customer request.

Another slaughterhouse worker, Agus, told the Post that the Australian cattle were more aggressive than local ones. According to him, local cattle were tamer because they were raised in cages while Australian cattle matured in open fields.

In local slaughterhouses, cattle are dragged to the top of concrete mounds and then toppled over, falling to their deaths.

“As far as I know there is no rule or regulation governing slaughtering methods except from religious regulations as in Islamic teachings,” Agus, a worker at a Mampang slaughterhouse, said.

All the government provided was infrastructure and all it checked was health-related paperwork, Agus said.

The Australian government halted the export of its cattle to Indonesia earlier in June after the broadcast of a television documentary that portrayed the slaughter of Australian cattle in Indonesia in a poor light.

In the documentary, steers were shown in footages as suffering from being whipped and taking minutes to bleed to death after their throats were cut. Animal Australia and the Australian Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, better known as the RSPCA, want the live cattle trade banned on cruelty grounds. Both cooperated with Australian Broadcasting Corp. to produce the gruesome television program screened nationally late last month.

RSPCA chief scientist Bidda Jones, who analyzed the video slaughter of 50 cattle, said the slaughter men used on average 11 cuts to the throat to kill each animal, and as many as 33. The Australian standard was death within 30 seconds. (rpt)

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(Caption) Where’s the beef: A worker readies a bull at the Darma Jaya slaughterhouse in Cakung, East Jakarta. Cattle in Jakarta’s slaughterhouses have typically their leg muscles cut and their throats slit before they are toppled off of concrete mounds to their deaths.
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