Animal Liberation and Animal Liberation Tasmania have just released shocking footage from the Australian dairy industry, including bobby-calf slaughter from the Tasmanian export-grade abattoir, Tasmanian Quality Meats abattoir in Cressy.
Tasmanian Quality Meats is the 13th slaughterhouse to be exposed in Australia in 5 years, and the 2nd Tasmanian slaughterhouse in less than a year.
The footage shows workers repeatedly beating calves with poly-pipes and paddles, picking up and throwing calves onto the V-restraint and yelling abuse at the terrified animals – all breaches of the national animal welfare standards Tasmania is supposed to abide by. This footage was reported to the Department of Primary Industries Parks, Water and Environment (DPIPWE) in December 2016, and still no action has been taken to protect these animals.
This comes just months after Gretna Quality Meats abattoir in Tasmania was exposed last year, after which numerous experts called for immediate closure of the facility due to cruelty, and were subsequently ignored by DPIPWE in favour of an internal investigation. The results of this investigation are yet to be released, and animals are still being killed there every week.
One of those experts, Dr. Bidda Jones, RSPCA Australia chief scientist, has described the latest Tasmanian exposé as “horrifying”.
For Animal Liberation and Animal Liberation Tasmania there is a distinct sense of déjà vu.
“This is the second time in just over 6 months that DPIPWE has been shown evidence of animal cruelty under their care, and the second time they have failed to act,” Animal Liberation Tasmania campaign director, Mehr Gupta, states. “They are choosing to turn a blind eye to cruelty, and by doing so, are partly to blame for the cruelty we are repeatedly seeing in footage”.
DPIPWE has proven they can not be trusted with the protection of animals, and Animal Liberation and Animal Liberation Tasmania are calling for the public to watch the footage and determine for themselves if they find it acceptable.
The footage, and further resources, can be viewed at www.dropdairy.com.au