Footage of Australian cattle being tortured before being
slaughtered in Gaza is among the most shocking ever captured,
independent MP Andrew Wilkie says.
The footage, filmed by civilians during the Festival of
Sacrifice in October, shows tagged Australian bulls and cows
being kicked, stabbed and shot while being dragged - with
legs bound - through streets and makeshift slaughterhouses as
The most disturbing footage shows a bound animal stabbed in
the eye, while another is knee-capped with bullets from an
Animals Australia said the abuse was sickening and in breach
of Australia's live export regulations.
"There are no words to adequately describe the carnage in
these videos and the scale of abuse endured by Australian
cattle," Animals Australia campaign director Lyn White said.
"It is shocking and completely harrowing to watch.
"Any politician or industry supporter who has propagated the
industry's clever PR line that we can improve animal welfare
by being in the market should be locked in a room and forced
to watch an hour of footage from Gaza."
The animal welfare agency said the footage had been provided
to all MPs and Senators.
It has lodged a legal complaint about the abuse - the third
in two months following breaches of regulations in Jordan and
Mr Wilkie said the barbaric treatment of Australian livestock
in overseas markets must stop.
"Gaza is just the latest in a long line of revelations which
show clearly that Australia's so-called supply chain
assurance is failing," Mr Wilkie said.
"If the government doesn't have the backbone to stop the
trade altogether, then it should at least commit to ban or
refuse permits to all companies that have demonstrated a
continuing disregard for animal welfare."
Livestock Shipping Services (LSS), the largest cattle
exporter into Israel, self-reported potential breaches of
Australia's live export regulations in Gaza last month.
LSS is already under investigation for breaches in Jordan in
June and October.