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MEDIA RELEASE: Animal Liberation Tasmania, Gretna Action

BREAKING: Brave Activists Lock Onto Iconic Tasmanian Structure in Response to Recent Footage of Extreme Animal Cruelty

Happening now: Animal rights activists from the group Animal Liberation Tasmania have dropped a large banner from overhanging signage on the Tasman Bridge and have gathered along the bridge in protest.

Late last week Animal Liberation NSW, an animal rights group dedicated to ending the suffering of confined and abused animals, released graphic undercover vision from the Gretna slaughterhouse which showed animals being beaten with pipes, kicked, and slaughtered in front of each other. Animals could be seen fully conscious during the slaughter process. Animal Liberation Tasmania, a local animal rights group, are demonstrating today against the extreme trauma and suffering captured in the footage and to draw attention to the unnecessary and systemic violence caused to animals sent to slaughter.

While industry would like the public to believe that this is just a “rogue operator”, Gretna Quality Meats is the 12th slaughterhouse to be exposed in Australia in the past four years, indicating the documented cruelty is a widespread feature of the slaughter industry. In fact the owner of the facility, Michael Munnings, was reported in The Mercury on Monday October 17th saying everything they were doing was standard practice according to the code.
Despite Bidda Jones of the national RSPCA body, Peter West of RSPCA Tasmania, Greens MP Andrea Dawkins and Independent MP Andrew Wilkie calling for the suspension of work at the slaughterhouse, the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment (DPIPWE) has not enforced this, and the facility operated as normal yesterday despite currently being under investigation. These failings by the DPIPWE suggests they can not be trusted to protect animals, and Animal Liberation Tasmania would like to see police involvement. The inaction by the Department reflects what has occurred with previous exposés, in which the outcome has almost always been a slap on the wrist for the slaughterhouse in question. Animal Liberation Tasmania, alongside animal rights groups across the country, is calling for more.

“As consumer consciousness grows, Tasmanians are demonstrating a desire to reduce the suffering of animals by expressing support for locally farmed, free range, and humanely raised and killed products. However, many of these labels are just used as marketing tools; as this footage shows, there is no humane way to kill someone who doesn’t want to die,” says Animal Liberation Tasmania spokesperson, Mehr Gupta. “We are here to raise awareness that this is occurring from local to global on a scale that is almost impossible to comprehend, and more importantly, that this does not need to happen. These animals are in this position because people are asleep to their suffering, and how their eating habits perpetuate it.”

The truth is there is no such thing as humane slaughter. The reality of raising and killing animals for food means that millions of animals will suffer. Animal Liberation Tasmania hopes that this vision will get more people thinking about who is on their dinner plate.

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Tasmanian abattoir must close immediately over animal cruelty claims, RSPCA says

The RSPCA has called for the immediate closure of a Tasmanian abattoir accused of severe animal cruelty.

The ABC has obtained graphic vision that animal welfare groups said showed the prolonged and unlawful suffering of pigs, sheep and cows at the facility.

The abattoir in the Derwent Valley, north of Hobart, strongly denied the claims, and said its operation was lawful and that it would take legal action.

View the full story here. 


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Gretna Quality Meats Exposed

Article published by Aussie Farms.

Exposed by Animal Liberation NSW investigators in October 2016. Hidden cameras captured workers hitting and inadequately stunning animals, shooting them with a rifle, and often stunning or killing them in front of each other.

One incident involved a sow who was shot in the head several times with a bolt gun, before workers gave up and went to retrieve a rifle, failing to kill her with the first two shots before finally doing so on the third, almost two minutes later while she screamed and writhed in agony.

A “retired” dairy cow with a bloody broken leg was led into the knockbox and left there for roughly 80 minutes before being shot multiple times with the bolt gun. After her throat was cut, it was clear that she was still showing signs of consciousness, leading the workers to shoot her once more with the bolt gun, still failing to render her unconscious as blood poured out of her neck.

Other cows were ineffectively stunned numerous times with the bolt gun after desperately trying to escape the knockbox.

Sheep and goats were packed into two small pens and shot with the bolt gun one at a time in front of each other, the remaining animals growing more terrified with every shot. Some attempted to follow the stunned animals into the kill room – one sheep managed to do so, slipping and stumbling in the blood on the floor as she looked up at the hanging bodies, before being taken out of sight and seemingly killed without stunning.

Pigs were smacked and jabbed with pipes to force them up into the pens where they were stunned and killed in front of each other, flailing and writhing as blood spurted across the walls and floor.


You can view Gretna Quality Meats extended investigative video edits, image gallery and media content at



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Tasmanian Abattoir Investigated Over Animal Cruelty Claims

ABC has published an article of the animal cruelty captured on camera at Gretna Quality Meats with a brief clip shown on local ABC news. The footage was released by Animal Liberation NSW and documents grotesque violence towards animals. View the full story and video here.
For more information and uncensored videos and photos please visit

Photo credit: Aussie Farms


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Rabbit Farming Exposed

Animal Liberation NSW with the help of Animal Liberation WA have conducted a thorough investigation of the rabbit meat industry in Australia, uncovering horrific conditions and practices.

Footage was captured in Tasmania at a Glencroft farm. You can view this footage here.

To view the full campaign click here.

Featured Photo: Aussie Farms

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Eggs Exposed-An Aussie Farms and Animal Liberation Investigation

For every egg-laying hen born into the Australian egg industry, a male chick is born who can’t lay eggs and therefore has no commercial value. Every year in Australia, around 12 million of these male chicks are macerated (ground up alive) or gassed in the first day of their lives as ‘waste products’ of the industry. A large number of abnormal or deformed females are also macerated.

Now, for the first time ever in Australia, the horrific reality of this maceration has been captured on camera, along with the painful de-beaking inflicted on the female chicks. Filmed at one of the country’s largest hatcheries, owned by Specialised Breeders Australia (SBA) and located at Huntly, just outside of Bendigo, Victoria, the footage highlights the inexcusable cruelty and suffering behind every carton of eggs, from caged to free-range.

This Australian-first investigation is brought to you by Aussie Farms and Animal Liberation. To view the full campaign visit Eggs Exposed.

Featured photo: Aussie Farms