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: New footage allegedly shows animal abuse rampant in Indonesia slaughterhouse
: WA Export News February 28, 2012, 02:28:40 PM
New footage allegedly shows animal welfare breaches

 Australia's live cattle exports to Indonesia are once again under scrutiny after new vision of animal abuse at two Indonesian abattoirs was provided to Government and industry.

The vision is said to show what is likely to be an Australian cow being cut up and processed, before workers checked to see if it was dead.

The video also shows multiple breeches of the new slaughter standards, such as abattoir workers hosing down cattle.

The industry declined to be interviewed and says it's waiting for the results of an investigation by the Department of Agriculture regulator.

[attach=#1] A cow eats while waiting for slaughter (File Photo) (Kate Lamb)

The vision was supplied to animal welfare group Animals Australia and has the live export industry scrambling.

Three hours of footage shows the death of at least ten cows, one of which is likely to be from Australia.

In the months after ABC TV's Four Corners program aired its expose on widespread abuse of Australian cattle in Indonesia, the entire live export industry was forced to change.

The cattle trade to Indonesia was shut down for a month and the industry had to adopt a new system that ensured the welfare of Australian animals in Indonesia.

Now it seems the system, which is a little over four months old, has already failed.

The footage is said to contain multiple animal welfare breaches.

These include the animal being cut up and processed before anyone checks to see if it's dead and constant hosing cattle down.

Both are against the international welfare and slaughter standards.

The vision shows footage from two Indonesian slaughterhouses, one of which could be on the Department of Agriculture's list of approved facilities.

The Department doesn't make public a list of the 62 Indonesian slaughterhouses it has approved.

The footage shows one abattoir containing a Mark 4 restraint box, which would have been paid for with help from Australian taxpayer and farmer money.

It could also identify the abattoir as one which receives Australian cattle under the new export regulations.

Industry and welfare groups are waiting for the Department of Agriculture's report naming the slaughterhouses.

The vision was provided by Animals Australia to the Department of Agriculture regulator and has also been seen by the cattle industry.

Cattle producer peak body, the Cattle Council of Australia, emailed people last week telling them of the Animals Australia footage and that it had seen it.

A copy of the email was leaked to the Rural Press.

Cattle Council chief executive David Inall confirmed to the ABC the email was genuine.

In the email, Mr Inall says one of the cows being slaughtered looks like it's from Australia, but says he can't be sure.

"While the footage demonstrates the significant improvements that have been made, it also shows some breaches of check-list standards," he wrote in the email.

"Key issues here are casting from a Mark 1 box, absence of confirmation of death (and associated issues) and inappropriate use of water."

Mr Inall told the ABC one of the cows being slaughtered looked like a Brahman Cross Shorthorn breed, but said he couldn't be entirely sure.

He says the video doesn't show anything systemic in Indonesia and the case is fairly straight forward.

The live export industry, from the Cattle Council to the Live Exporters Council, aren't yet doing interviews.

Both groups say they are waiting for the outcome of a Department of Agriculture investigation, which was triggered as part of the new live export rules.

The Live Exporters Council says if the slaughterhouses are found to be on the approved list, then it's confident the new export regulations will deal with the Australian export company responsible.

The Department of Agriculture also declined to provide anyone for an interview.


By Will Ockenden

Tuesday, 28/02/2012

http://www.abc.net.au/rural/news/content/201202/s3441370.htm