Cruelty in the Country’s Leather Industry Exposed by PETA Asia, Including Workers Repeatedly Bludgeoning Animals in the Head Before Slitting Their Throats

For Immediate Release:
November 29, 2018

Phnom Penh — PETA Asia has obtained disturbing eyewitness video footage captured inside a Phnom Penh slaughterhouse showing workers repeatedly bashing cows in the head with sledgehammers before cutting their throats while they’re still conscious. Their skin is then cut off to be sold by the leather industry around the world. In response, PETA Asia is renewing its call for the immediate implementation of basic animal-welfare laws throughout the country.

“This horrifying video footage puts names and faces to the scores of animals used for food and clothing who are viciously beaten and left to bleed out slowly and die after their throats are slit,” says PETA Asia Vice President Jason Baker. “PETA Asia is calling on Cambodian legislators to enact basic animal-protection laws and urging people everywhere to do their part to help animals by not eating or wearing them.”

PETA Asia—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat or wear”—notes that the Cambodian meat industry slaughtered roughly 55,300 cows last year alone. Their skin is one of the country’s top exports, supplying the international leather industry, particularly in Canada, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

After PETA Asia released video footage earlier this year showing workers repeatedly striking pigs in the head with heavy metal pipes inside a Cambodian pig slaughterhouse, the Ministry of Agriculture responded by denouncing the practice as “violating Ministry policy”—but the group’s most recent footage proves that such violence is par for the course in slaughterhouses across the country.

In addition to sparing cows, pigs, and other sensitive animals a miserable life and terrifying, bloody death, going vegan also reduces the risk of suffering from cancer, diabetes, obesity, heart disease, strokes, and many other health problems.

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