Australian Cows Painfully Butchered in Indonesian Slaughterhouses

Australian Cows Painfully Butchered in Indonesian Slaughterhouses

London – PETA has released a brand-new exposé revealing that Australian cows exported to slaughterhouses in Indonesia thrash in agony as they’re carved up by workers.

The video footage, recorded in April and May at seven randomly selected slaughterhouses, found that cows were put in restraint boxes and shot with a captive-bolt gun multiple times before their throats were finally slashed. But workers frequently failed to stun them effectively and, in one case, repeatedly jabbed a steer with steel rods and twisted his tail over and over to force him to stand up so that a worker could shoot him again. The steer’s tail was so badly broken that a worker complained that twisting it wasn’t getting any further reaction. In some slaughterhouses, cows weren’t stunned at all – they were put in a restraint box approved by the Australian government and their throats were slit.

Workers also stepped on and pulled cows’ tails to check for consciousness after their throats were cut. You can see one animal whose head was dangling from his neck kicking frantically in terror and pain as a worker hacks at whatever flesh is left to sever his head. Conscious cows were left to languish in pools of their own blood for up to 12 minutes.

“The live-export industry is the leather industry, and anyone still eating flesh or wearing skins from these animals is complicit in their cruel treatment,” says PETA Senior Campaigns Manager Kate Werner. “PETA is calling on the public to help spare cows terrifying deaths by going vegan.”

PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat or wear” – notes that animals in the live-export industry are raised, transported, and killed in filthy, crowded conditions that are breeding grounds for diseases such as COVID-19, SARS, MERS, and avian and swine flus.

In the UK, hundreds of thousands of live animals are exported every year to the EU and farther away for slaughter and fattening. The marginally better legal protections afforded animals in the UK are also left behind. In many cases, when they reach their destination, the animals suffer and meet an even worse death than they would experience at UK slaughterhouses, in horrendous conditions that would be illegal in the UK.

In June, the government introduced the Animal Welfare (Kept Animals) Bill in Parliament – which, if passed, would see England and Wales become the first countries in Europe to ban the live export of animals for fattening and slaughter.

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