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: Ballarat Saleyard Manager describes ill and injured sheep as 'rubbish'
: Export News Tasmania December 14, 2011, 10:48:05 PM
Ballarat saleyards manager Jonathan Crilly says farmers are taking a let's see what we get away with approach when sending sick and injured sheep to sales.

Mr Crilly said it was common practice for him to issue non-commercial value fines during weekly sales at the Gillies St site. "Some just don't know better, but most just see how far they can get away with it", he said. "The codes of practice say they shouldn't be transported, so therefore the farmer shouldn't have drafted them out to send and the truck driver shouldn't have brought them in here. Already two people have breached the legislation before the agents get them".

Mr Crilly siad he could sometimes issue up to six fines in a week.

"You get more non-commercial value sheep in the middle of winter when we have got our quietest numbers when people are sending in dribs and drabs of rubbish and the ones that have hung around home", he said.

"Now in December, we have got all the good lines of good lambs there is heaps of good stuff".

Mr Crilly said the fine, which currently stands at a tick over $50, was likely to be increased in the future. "It's getting better, and this fine is something that a lot of agents fully endorse. They'll ring me and tell me there is a sheep which they want to come and fine the person who sent it in. They don't want to have to put up with that sort of thing. Most of them want it enforced. It helps clean up the yards of those that shouldn't have been sent in the first place".

Installing closed circuit television cameras has also been raised by activist group Animals Australia, which is seeking surveillance measures in all saleyards and abattoirs to aid animal welfare.

Mr Crilly said while CCTV was impractical at the current site, it would be something that was considered for the planned $30 million new site.

 "If it was in, it would certainly make a lot of people think twice", he said. "In this site the cost would outweight the practicality of it, but when we build our new site which will happen it will be something that will be considered. For security reasons as well. it will be dual usage then.
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: Re: Ballarat Saleyard Manager describes ill and injured sheep as 'rubbish'
: Export News Tasmania December 14, 2011, 10:49:24 PM
Dear Editor
Our organisation read, without any surprise,  the article in a recent Herald Sun edition about ill and injured sheep being taken to the Ballarat saleyard and presented for sale, as did readers across the country and the world. We have also viewed hours of film footage and hundreds of photographs of this brutality to the suffering animals  at Ballarat and other Victorian Saleyards. We achieved a successful prosecution for far less egregious and endemic cruelty at a saleyard here in Tasmania.
We are therefore less than shocked to see the manager of this facility, Jonathan Crilly,  describe these animals as ‘rubbish’, and we find that it is typical of the culture of systemic cruelty prevalent amongst transporters, saleyard operators, stock agents, and the farmers who pitilessly load these ill and injured sheep for the saleyard.

We can well imagine that the last thing Mr Crilly wants is CCTV at his facility. For example, there is no quick, humane destruction of crippled animals, and electric prods are used mercilessly upon these sheep, contrary to Australia’s boasting of compliance with OIE standards which proscribe the use of these devices on sheep.

The question we ask is: where is the Department of Primary Industries and where is RSPCA Victoria, that this appalling abuse continues unchecked and unmonitored? According to animal cruelty statutes and codes of practice, everyone is responsible for their part in this; the farmers who load the sheep, the transporters who take them to the facilities, the saleyard management and the livestock agents, and on the evidence we have seen, there are clear grounds for multiple prosecutions. A ‘slap on the wrist’ fine is worthless in the face of mass animal abuse.
Yours sincerely
Suzanne Cass
Stop Tasmanian Animal Cruelty