As everyone would know, today Australia celebrates the race that stops a nation, the Melbourne Cup.
We could talk about Red Cadeaux, Admire Rakti, Araldo and Verema, the four horses whose lives were ended at the last three Melbourne Cups.
We could talk about the 132 lesser known horses killed on track between August 1 2015 and July 31 2016 alone.
We could talk about the thousands of horses linked to the racing industry whose lives are ended in knackeries around Australia, mere wastage from an inherently wasteful industry. Horses like Nature’s Child, whose gruesome end was uncovered by an investigation into Laverton knackery in 2012.
We could talk about the shockingly high rate of Exercise-Induced Pulmonary Haemorrhage (bleeding into the lungs, throat and in extreme cases sinuses) uncovered in a University of Melbourne study, with a staggering 90% of horses showing signs of EIPH post-race.
We could talk about the strain placed on the still developing bodies of two-year-old horses being trained and raced, leading to increased risks of potentially fatal injury and illness later in their lives.
We could talk about the ethics of Australians spending millions of dollars on gambling and alcohol to watch these animals being whipped around a track at breakneck speed, merely for our own personal entertainment.
Instead, we will wish for all the horses (and their riders) to come through today’s race unscathed, and hope they are all fortunate enough to never see the inside of a knackery.
And we remind you all that when you support the races, when you place your bets, you are literally gambling with the lives of sentient beings who deserve so much better than what most of the animals used by the animal exploitation industries will receive.
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.”