The Australian government temporarily suspended shipments of live cattle to Indonesia following findings of atrocious cruelty in Indonesian slaughterhouses. Workers were documented using blades so dull that conscious animals endured an average of 11 cuts to the throat before their necks were finally sawed open. Many animals were still conscious for one and a half minutes after the first cut. The trade has since reopened, and this week is not the first time that PETA Australia has spoken out against the resumption of the cruel trade:
And in Melbourne, a flock of “sheep” converged on Federation Square. In addition to targeting live export, the protest is the latest action in PETA Australia’s campaign against the Australian wool industry’s “mulesing” mutilation of lambs. In mulesing, large chunks of skin and flesh are cut from lambs’ backsides in a crude attempt to prevent maggot infestation, even though more humane methods exist.
Posted by Jason Baker