Posted on 20 March 2013
Responding to a shocking Lateline report of animal cruelty in a turkey abattoir exposed by Animal Liberation activists, Greens MP and animal welfare spokesperson Cate Faehrmann says it is up to the NSW Parliament to prevent future acts of cruelty by supporting the Greens’ bill for mandatory CCTV in abattoirs.
“This footage is incredibly distressing. The behaviour of the abattoir workers can be described as nothing less than sadistic. It’s time the government acted to ensure that abattoir workers and operators can no longer get away with animal cruelty” said Ms Faehrmann.
“If we’d had mandatory CCTV in abattoirs, this appalling cruelty could have been prevented. The Greens have a bill ready to go that could prevent acts of cruelty like this in the future and we urge the government to support it.
“Our mandatory CCTV bill came on the back of the disgustingly cruel treatment of pigs and sheep, exposed by whistleblowers, at the Hawkesbury Valley Meat Processors in Wilberforce.
“After this incident, the government assured the community it was working with industry to stamp out cruelty yet the cruelty continues. This latest incident shows that the Minister for Primary Industries has no control over what goes on behind closed doors in abattoirs and meat processing centres in this state.
“Mandatory CCTV in all abattoirs with regular inspections is needed to restore the community’s faith in this industry.
“Animal welfare organisations have called for this for a long time, several supermarket chains in Europe demand it of their suppliers and, while some meat processing companies have installed CCTV voluntarily, the NSW Government failed to include it in their response to the Wilberforce abattoir exposé last year.
“Now we have yet another incident of cruelty that could have been prevented by CCTV – this is clearly not an isolated incident. Mandatory CCTV is essential if we are to stamp out such gross cruelty,” said Ms Faehrmann.
A briefing on the bill is available on request.