In the lead up to yesterday morning’s action on the Tasman Bridge, Animal Liberation Tasmania worked hard to address its concerns over investigative video footage, released by Animal Liberation NSW, via official channels.
Our spokesperson made contact with police, who in a brief dismissive comment directed us to the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment (DPIPWE). When contact was finally able to be made with the department, Tuesday’s (18/10/2016) killings had already gone ahead.
We were informed the Department had someone present for this slaughter, but we have to question the reasoning behind making observations based on an operator who will be on their best behavior while under investigation. The proof is not in his actions moving forward, but what occurred while he was under the impression no one was watching.
This is what disturbs and enrages us, and should stir these emotions in you also.
Why was this facility allowed to continue operating?
The RSPCA called for the immediate closure of this slaughterhouse following the release of footage which exposed severe animal cruelty. RSPCA chief science and strategy officer Bidda Jones said the video was sickening to watch and called for the facility to be closed while the state’s Department of Primary Industries, Water and Environment (DPIPWE) investigated. Full article here.
Head of RSPCA Tasmania Peter West, Independent MP Andrew Wilkie and Greens MP Andrea Dawkins have all called for the facility (Gretna Quality Meats) to be shut down, at least while there is an ongoing investigation.
Following the release of the footage Friday night, media attention quickly halted, and this case was soon to become invisible, as have the 11 other Australian abattoirs exposed for horrendous cruelty in the past four years. This violence is systemic in the animal killing industry. As Michael Munnings said himself, “everything on the video was done according to the code.” If this is according to code, as a society we have an ethical responsibility to write a new one. One that doesn’t cause millions of animals to suffer and be killed unnecessarily.
We have compiled this album to help the public understand why we took the action we did. Please read the brief captions, explaining the final moments of these animals lives, and contemplate if this is the type of violence we should be silent to.
You can view the anonymous investigative footage at www.AussieAbattoirs.com, and we thank the brave people who risked their own lives to help the animals. Thank you.
“Non-violence leads to the highest ethics, which is the goal of all evolution. Until we stop harming ALL other living beings, we are still savages.”