According to a top animal welfare group, Australian cattle are still being recklessly killed in Indonesian abattoirs. The claim comes despite placing new regulations that aim at improving the standards.
Animals Australia’s Lyn White says the new footage is damning. The footage was shot in two different abattoirs in Jakarta as recently as in January. It was aired on ABC TV.
“This latest footage reveals that workers cannot even be relied upon not to start cutting up Australian animals before they are dead,” Ms White told ABC TV.
“My Indonesian contact said that animal had an Australian ear tag. The other factor is that it is a Droughtmaster steer which is a breed of animal that is being exported from Western Australia to Indonesia.”
As per RSPCA chief scientist Dr Bidda Jones, who speaking to told ABC TV said that the new footage showed 46 potential breaches of Australia’s new checklist created to protect animals that are exported overseas.
The Federal Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry said on Friday it had received a complaint about animal welfare concerns at two Indonesian abattoirs.
The department was reviewing the footage, department deputy secretary Phillip Glyde said.
Australia stopped live animal exports to Indonesia in June 2011 after ABC TV’s Four Corners showed a video describing the mistreatment of animals.
Exports resumed a month later after an agreement was reached on new standards for the treatment of cattle sent for slaughter.