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Petitioning NSW Minister for Primary Industries Katrina Hodgkinson
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NSW Minister for Primary Industries
Katrina Hodgkinson

Stop animal abuse in abattoirs by introducing mandatory cameras #Abattoir

Horrific animal abuse is happening right here, in Australian abattoirs.

Lateline just showed footage of workers at an abattoir in NSW bashing pigs on the head with iron bars, shocking them in the face with electric cattle prods and leaving helpless sheep to bleed to death while fully conscious.

The abattoir was checked by government regulators FOUR TIMES last year, and they didn’t find a single thing amiss.

Now the NSW Food Authority is trying to brush it off by labelling the abattoir as a “rogue operator”. They say it doesn’t represent the industry as a whole. But if the government inspected it four times and found nothing, how can they say this sickening abuse isn't happening to hundreds of other animals?

The current system doesn't work. Abattoirs should be fitted with mandatory cameras -- it's the only way to ensure this abuse isn't happening elsewhere.

If the workers are handling animals correctly, what is there to feel uncomfortable about? Many workplaces are equipped with security cameras for safety and work purposes, so why should abattoirs be exempt? The UK is already doing the same.

We don’t want to find out about such atrocious acts when it’s too late again.

Please sign, help get cameras installed in abattoirs and prevent more appalling animal abuse.


Letter to
NSW Minister for Primary Industries Katrina Hodgkinson
Stop animal abuse in abattoirs by introducing mandatory cameras

Horrific animal abuse is happening right here, in Australian abattoirs. Lateline just showed footage of workers at an abattoir in NSW bashing pigs on the head with iron bars, shocking them in the face with electric cattle prods and leaving helpless sheep to bleed to death while fully conscious.

The government shut the abattoir down once this was exposed by Lateline, but if employees hadn’t spoken, they would never have known. The abattoir was checked by government regulators FOUR TIMES last year, and they didn’t find a single thing amiss.

Now the NSW Food Authority is trying to brush it off by labelling the abattoir as a “rogue operator”. They say it doesn’t represent the industry as a whole. But how can they know, when their checks didn’t even expose this abattoir?

Without CCTV, there’s clearly no way of knowing that animals aren’t being abused elsewhere. There may be more “rogue” abattoirs out there and one is already too many. That’s why abattoirs should be fitted with mandatory cameras, so that they are accountable for their actions.

If the workers are handling animals correctly, what is there to feel uncomfortable about? Many workplaces are equipped with security cameras for safety and work purposes, so why should abattoirs be exempt? The UK is already doing the same, there’s no reason the government can’t follow their example.

The recent abattoir footage indicates how essential surveillance is. We don’t want to find out about such atrocious acts when it’s too late again. So please sign, help push forward the installation of cameras in abattoirs and prevent animal abuse.

Sincerely,