“A Bloody Business”

May 31st, 2011, in Featured, News, by

Reports from our southern neighbour of gross mistreatment of cattle at Indonesian abattoirs.

In a Australian Broadcasting Corporation documentary on the Four Corners program titled "A Bloody Business" hosted by the loathsome Kerry O'Brien video footage is shown of gross cruelty and incompetence in dealing with the slaughter of exported Australian cattle at Indonesian abattoirs, where it is said

many thousands of these animals die slow and hideous deaths.

Despite the best efforts of professional Australian slaughter-men to train their benighted Indonesian counterparts on the best ways to deal with animals in the slaughterhouse the video shows that:

Animals smash their heads repeatedly on concrete as they struggle against ropes, take minutes to die in agony after repeated often clumsy cuts to the throat. In some cases there is abject and horrifying cruelty - kicking, hitting, eye-gouging and tail-breaking - as workers try to force the cattle to go into the slaughter boxes installed by the Australian industry, with Australian government support.

RSPCA chief scientist Bidda Jones, who analyzed the video slaughter of 50 cattle, said the slaughtermen took on average 11 slashes at the throat to kill the animals, and even as many as 33. She said:

They basically hack the heads off with blunt knives, causing a lot of distress and pain

The story has caused great controversy in Australia with calls to end all live cattle exports to Indonesia, however as yet at least there is little or no reaction from Indonesian officials.

Indonesian Abattoir

The graphic and disturbing video can be viewed over here - http://www.abc.net.au/4corners/special_eds/20110530/cattle/.

There appear to have been 11 abattoirs where filming took place, in Jakarta, Bogor, Bandar Lampung and Medan.


44 Comments on ““A Bloody Business””

  1. avatar Oigal says:

    Wow a lot of nonsense in one post Anon?

    Cows have more rights than people in the view of Australians. The losers are the Indonesian people, while the Australian farmers are being subsidized.

    What subsidized (sic)? In actual fact this will drive a lot of cattle producers to the brink of bankruptcy or are you confusing the artificial quotas of beef imports provided to a very few select connected Indonesian Companies.

    Australians are on a moral crusade to impose their more superior (i.e. white) standards on a backward non-Christian nation.

    So in your view the treatment of those animals was acceptable and condoned practice in Indonesia?

    If the response to both is any indication, there was one clear winner in the battle for sympathy: the cattle by a landslide.

    Complete and utter nonsense! The cattle issue is an issue for a week or two, the refugee issue will actually decide the next government of Australia

  2. avatar Anonymous says:

    What subsidized (sic)? In actual fact this will drive a lot of cattle producers to the brink of bankruptcy or are you confusing the artificial quotas of beef imports provided to a very few select connected Indonesian Companies.
    Went to JIS, not AIS.

    There is no way the Australian government will let them go bankrupt as they are too big to fail, the taxpayers will bail them out. In the mean time, who will bail out the Indonesian workers and Indonesian consumers who will have to pay higher prices for beef?

    So in your view the treatment of those animals was acceptable and condoned practice in Indonesia?
    Go to any mosque during the Festival of Sacrifice and then ask this question again.

    Complete and utter nonsense! The cattle issue is an issue for a week or two, the refugee issue will actually decide the next government of Australia
    Last I heard the impact for Indonesians will last 6 months, would be glad if it turns out to be a week or two so I can get the cheap overcooked steak they serve here.

  3. avatar Oigal says:

    So in your view the treatment of those animals was acceptable and condoned practice in Indonesia?
    Go to any mosque during the Festival of Sacrifice and then ask this question again.

    Although you didn’t answer the question. I would agree it is all too often an orgy of cruelty and waste as the inept trying to butcher animals with all the experience of the local bricklayer. There is a significant difference between observing Islam (or other customs) and out right cruelty and idiots. Much as you may try, the report has nothing to do with religion just basic cruelty.

    Your other points ..mixture of fact n fiction…

  4. avatar Anonymous says:

    Your other points ..mixture of fact n fiction…
    Calling my points “fiction” sounds a tad bit condescending (reminds me of an average Australian bogan). Where I am from we call it “opinion” and respect freedom of speech.

  5. avatar Nissan Bandung says:

    This is really sadistic, i can’t watch any longer

  6. avatar Oigal says:

    Non Anon,

    There is no way the Australian government will let them go bankrupt as they are too big to fail, the taxpayers will bail them out

    That’s not a opinion, that’s just plain incorrect. There are many many small producers who would go bankrupt if this went on. So its fiction.

    In the mean time, who will bail out the Indonesian workers and Indonesian consumers who will have to pay higher prices for beef?

    Perhaps the same Agricultural Ministry that ensures certain connected people get a very dodgy monopoly on beef quota’s or did we miss the latest scam by the clean and pious party (Google Tempo and Beef)

    Nissan..Benar

  7. avatar Nagdy says:

    This is the complete opposite of halal!

    …The halal method is to separate the animal from the herd (so the others aren’t traumatised), and to slit the neck fast with a super-sharp blade (to make it quicker).

  8. avatar Anonymous says:

    Sgt. Oigal,

    I guess my fiction has become fact with your govt. handing out a AU$30mn bailout. Oh wait, since money is just paper anyways it still must be fiction, my bad.

  9. avatar Oigal says:

    Yawn Anon, So your Standards condone wanton animal cruelty for no reason. Thanks for clearing that up. Curious to know where you are drawing your standards from, animal cruelty is specially forbidden in Islam, so you cannot be Muslim.

    Yea Australia is having some issues with the Refugee problem, for instance sending them to Malaysia where whipping human beings is deemed acceptable, perhaps they could adopted the Indonesian Solution where they just deported Thai Muslims back to Thailand to be tortured and imprisoned (not like they were from Palistine or anything).

  10. avatar Oigal says:

    Oh 30million, yea that would keep one station afloat for about two months. It’s ok, you keep defending the indefensible. You only discredit yourself, the video stands on it’s own.

  11. avatar Jarmstrong says:

    I worked in an abattoir in Australia for a year a while back. The slaughter-men (all Aussies) were just as cruel to the sheep and cows as their Indonesian counterparts. When a sheep bumped into one particular slaughter-man, he would slice the tip of its nose off with his knife. Some of them would stab the sheep if it didn’t do what it was supposed to do. Sheep were routinely kicked, had their legs broken, had their heads kicked into steel fences, and punched in the head. All of this was witnessed by tens of other workers on the floor without condemnation. Often times the cows, after being shot in the head, would simply get up and start running around the abattoir and the slaughter-man would have to chase after it whilst other workers ran for cover. This kind of stuff happens in abattoirs all over Australia and anyone who raises concerns had better toughen up or they’ll be out of a job.

  12. avatar Oigal says:

    Yea something to be proud of isn’t it Jarm, real tuff. Poor troll work though, do try some better research first. It’s been over 20 years since livestock were shot as the standard slaughter technique, it’s just an uneconomical practice.

  13. avatar Jarmstrong says:

    Sorry Oigal, I must have missed the part where you mentioned you were Nation-Wide Inspector for Australian abattoirs. Exactly how much experience have you had working in Aussie abattoirs? What’s that, none you say? Did I mention that shooting was standard practice? What’s that you say? No? Alright then, as long as you know. Shut your pie hole, mate.

  14. avatar Oigal says:

    Often times the cows, after being shot in the head,

    As for experience, been a few years and long before the current standards of practice but even then we had no time for little men who get their kicks from cruelty.

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