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The Vigil for Abused Animals (Tasmanian Times, Hobart)
« Reply #1 on: June 04, 2012, 06:21:56 PM »
About 25 people braved a chilly, damp Hobart evening to attend a candlelight vigil yesterday at 6.00p.m. marking the anniversary of the ‘Four Corners’ program ‘A Bloody Business’ showing Australian cattle being tortured to death in Indonesian slaugherhouses.

‘We also wanted to highlight the fact that the government’s new regulatory system has been an abject failure’, said spokesperson and organiser Suzanne Cass.

‘On February 28 this year, just a few short months after the system was in place, Animals Australia – not the government’s regulatory process – was able to capture images of the same brutality we saw last May. They found an animal being stabbed in the face and eyes with a blunt instrument, and animals being cut up while still alive, amongst a substantial body of other damning evidence’.

Stop Tasmanian Animal Cruelty has filed a complaint with the Commonwealth Ombudsman about the conduct of the government’s enquiry into the latest atrocities, alleging that Philip Glyde, the Deputy Secretary of DAFF (the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries) failed to conduct a properly rigorous investigation, relying mainly upon the Animals Australia film footage, an analysis by the RSPCA, and statements from the exporters. Two of those exporters, International Livestock Exports and the Northern Australian Cattle Company, have been found guilty of 37 separate violations, and to have ‘lost control of animal welfare’ in Indonesia.

‘The fact that the government’s investigation was materially deficient has led to no meaningful penalties being applied to these exporters, one of whom has faced cruelty charges before’, continued Ms Cass. ‘They just have to have “animal welfare officers” in the slaughterhouses, who, like the AQIS accredited veterinarians and the “independent auditors” are employed and paid by the exporters’.

Ms Cass is urging people to write to, and phone politicians to demand an end to a trade that can never, and will never, rise above the shocking cruelty shown by various highly regarded documentary programs over the last decade in all markets to which Australia sends live animals.