October 11, 2011
I brought in an article on the live exports to overseas abattoirs and how the animals were treated badly. The class discussed about the animal exports to abattoirs overseas makes the meat we buy cheaper because there are more abattoirs overseas than in Australia. The standard price for a kilo of meat is roughly $22 per kilo, that being animals killed in overseas abattoirs. If the animals were killed here in Australian abattoirs the standard price of meat per kilo would be roughly $40 per kilo. Now, having said that, that is why Australian animals are exported to overseas abattoirs but that does not give these abattoirs the right to be cruel to these animals. The article says that sheep were being strung up by one leg and then killed inhumanly.
Pressure to halt more Australian live exports is increasing with new footage from Turkish abattoirs showing horrific slaughters. Animals Australia released this footage to try and force the Federal Government to improve the live export trade standards, after different bids by two MP’s to kill this industry failed. The footage shows cattle and sheep being strung up by one leg – against international slaughter standards – at abattoirs where Australian live-stock are sent. The animals appear to be killed inhumanly and without being stunned. Some of the animals shown in the abattoirs are not Australian stock, but animals activists say the procedures are routine and Australian live-stock were in feedlots at the facilities. These images put more pressure on the Gillard Government to address standards for live exports, after it allowed the trade to Indonesia to re-open. The Government is refusing to stop trades to Turkey before a review of the industry is complete. The review should be finished by the end of the month. Trade Minister Craig Emerson deniedthere was a double standard play when comparing the similar footage from Turkey and Indonesia.
“We don’t know, nor do the people that filmed the footage know, that these are Australian sheep (in Turkey),” Mr Emerson explained to sky news.
Animals Australia spokeswomen Lyn White – at the abattoirs where the footage was covertly shot – said that Australian animals were in feedlots at the abattoirs. Greens MP Adam Bandit and Independent MP Andrew Wilkie introduced bills yesterday to end these live exports, but failed. Labor MPs who spoke out over the live export standards in Indonesia voted against these bills.
Banning live exports.
- So that Australian animals are treated like they should be a killed humanly.
- The cost of meat will double in price and Australian families won’t be able to pay for cheap cuts of meat (round steak, lamb chops), little own the expensive cuts of meat (porterhouse steak, lamb cutlets)