16 Aug '11, 4am

Australia resumes cattle shipments to Indonesian slaughterhouses | Care2 Causes

Australia resumes cattle shipments to Indonesian slaughterhouses | Care2 Causes

The pastoral scenes of cattle peacefully munching grass come to an abrupt end when livestock are loaded onto trucks. It is the first stage of their journey to feedlots and slaughterhouses. When the shipping starts in Australia and ends in Indonesia, the usual stress of transport is compounded by days at sea and lack of animal welfare legislation at their destination. In early June Prime Minister Julia Gillard imposed a six-month ban on shipments to eleven slaughterhouses. The move was prompted by an expose shown by Australian Broadcasting Corporation on May 30. The sight of brutal mistreatment of cattle in Indonesian slaughterhouses brought on a torrent of public protest. The video, as well as interviews and transcripts , are all online. With 60% of Australian trade in live animals dependent on Indonesian markets, cattlemen were eager to resume shipments. In what must sure...

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