Illegal slaughter house in Kamptee poses risk – The Times of India

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NAGPUR: A state-level committee appointed on the direction of Supreme Court has recommended action against Kamptee Municipal Council (KMC) for allowing an illegal slaughter house, said to be one of the biggest in the state.

The state’s animal husbandry department was requested by the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI), under the ministry of environment and forest, to conduct random inspections of at least 10 licensed slaughter houses every six months as per Supreme Court directions under the provisions of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1960.

Accordingly, a six-member committee consisting of Dr S B Baseshankar, Dr D V Kadoo, Dr K S Bhide, Dr N N Zade, and two co-opted members of AWBI S N Kapoor and Abodh Aras inspected two slaughter houses – Bhandewadi and Kamptee.

On the slaughter house at Kamptee operating in Bhaji Mandi, the panel recommended AWBI to issue notice to the district collector and chief officer of KMC to stop the illegal slaughter of large animals. The panels said around 300 animals are slaughtered here daily ostensibly for domestic consumption but the meat is transported outside illegally. It is exported to Middle-East via Mumbai.

“The illegal business is thriving with blessings of local police and officials. Electric slicers have been installed to slaughter animals. It is shocking how MSEDCL has issued power meters for slicers in residential area,” asks local Congress leader Narendra Sharma.

Sharma says police express helplessness citing law and order problem. “But is the place above people’s health and environment? Water bodies are being polluted and people’s health is at risk,” Sharma said.

Cattle slaughter is allowed for domestic consumption but over the years meat export has become a lucrative business. The slaughter has no checks or certification from any authorized vet. Till the visit of the committee, municipal council used to issue ante-mortem certificates by a vet appointed by commissioner of animal husbandry.

However, ahead of the committee’s visit in April, the chief officer of KMC wrote to animal husbandry department informing there is no large animal slaughter house in Kamptee. Chief officer Ravindra Pandher says plans are afoot to shift the slaughter house outside the city.

KMC vice-president Shahajan Safahat admits it is a nuisance and not acceptable. “Earlier cattle was slaughtered for livelihood but now stakes are higher as beef is being exported. The number of cattle killed certainly doesn’t match local consumption. The slaughter house needs to be shifted elsewhere as it poses serious hazards,” Safahat says.

BJP MLA from Kamptee Chandrashekhar Bawankule says, “I’ve raised the issue several times in the House but the government is doing nothing. A group of 24 NGOs plan to file a petition against the slaughter house,” he says.

Of late, the traders have installed equipment even in households to bring every body part of the animals to use. “The processes to extract oil and cleaning skins creates stench in the area,” Bawankule said.

The MLA says police do not want to take action. Daily five truckloads of beef is transported from Kamptee but police cannot see it.

via Illegal slaughter house in Kamptee poses risk – The Times of India.

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Ottawa to allow slaughterhouses to process already dead animals

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OTTAWA—The federal government wants to allow the carcasses of already dead animals to be processed in slaughterhouses for human consumption, a move that is raising concerns about the safety of Canada’s food system.

The Conservative government is pitching the change as a way to cut red tape and provide greater flexibility to slaughterhouse operators.

But the New Democrats are raising a red flag saying the move invites possible “contamination” of the food supply.

“Under the present regulations . . . it has to come in alive, be slaughtered on site,” said NDP MP Malcolm Allen (Welland), the party’s agriculture critic.

“Now you can bring in dead stock. It’s okay to bring in that animal into a slaughterhouse, have it cut, wrapped . . . for human consumption.

“The real fear is how did it die, (and) under what circumstances did it die.”

The proposed changes to Meat Inspection Regulations, outlined in the Canada Gazette, would allow “greater flexibility” to the activities that can be carried out in federally regulated slaughterhouses.

Current federal regulations do not allow meat to be processed from animals slaughtered outside of a registered slaughterhouse.

Now the government is proposing to make exemptions to that rule for animals that cannot be transported to a slaughterhouse alive because they are too aggressive to move or because they are injured.

“It is proposed to amend the (meat inspection regulations) to allow into registered establishments carcasses from food animals slaughtered elsewhere . . . following a detailed ante-mortem examination by a private veterinary practitioner,” the proposed rules state.

“Such an amendment would be extremely useful for industry in a number of situations, such as when injured animals cannot be transported alive for welfare reasons; or when animals are dangerous, aggressive or difficult to handle and cannot be transported.”

A vet would have to inspect an animal prior to slaughter to confirm it could not be safely transported, as well as determine if the animal is fit to serve as food. The vet will also certify the date of the slaughter and method.

Allen said that rule change risks allowing the food supply to be contaminated by “dead stock.

“You wouldn’t know by looking at it and nor would the label tell you it’s dead stock because I’ll guarantee you if the label said dead stock, you would never buy it,” Allen said.

Read the rest of this news:-http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/politics/article/1178428–ottawa-to-allow-slaughterhouses-to-process-already-dead-animals

Equine rescue aims to keep horses out of slaughterhouses

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MEDFORD — There were no takers for a pregnant horse at an auction.

Purchased from an equine broker, the animal likely would have been sold instead to a foreign slaughterhouse for her meat, while the baby perished. Instead, the horse gave birth to a healthy foal shortly after being taken in by the Forgotten Angels Equine Rescue.

Founder Darlene Supnick, who relayed the story, has been rescuing horses for about a year. She recently formed the organization to keep more horses out of slaughterhouses and from inhumane conditions that include starvation. The nonprofit rescue group received certification from the state of New Jersey last month.

Volunteer Carolyn Marshall of Evesham and Supnick, a Medford resident, said many of the animals that end up at slaughterhouses were once show or racehorses. Others are former pets or workhorses.

A recently acquired donkey once performed with a circus. The women said his tricks include untying other animals and escaping from enclosures by pushing latches with his nose.

“We’re getting them right from the broker line. Every one of them was great,” said Supnick, a radio talk- show host who also works in real estate.

State legislators are working on a bill that would ban the slaughter, sale or transport of horses meant for human consumption.  Violators would be fined up to $1,000 per horse and imprisoned for a minimum of 30 days.

Passed May 24 by an Assembly vote of 72-3, the measure later received support from the Senate Economic Growth Committee. The New Jersey Senate has not yet voted on the bill.

News Link:-http://www.phillyburbs.com/my_town/medford/equine-rescue-aims-to-keep-horses-out-of-slaughterhouses/article_cc05b84e-3b67-5478-bb23-ed57a6b30d5a.html

 

 

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Forgotten Angels Equine Rescue recently received its non-profit certification from the State of New Jersey. The Medford-based group purchases horses from area brokers, who are unable to sell the animals through other means, in an effort to keep them from being sold to slaughterhouses abroad. In some cases, the horses require special medical care. In addition to caring for the animals, the rescuers work to find them permanent homes for work or play.

Jakarta abattoir: ‘Better welfare, better returns’

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It is a steamy 1am on the outskirts of Jakarta and Budiman Lukman’s abattoir is abuzz with activity.

In just a few hours time the city’s wet markets will open for business, and butchers have converged on the small plant in their dozens to buy fresh meat for the new day’s trade.

Ignatius Adiwira (left), a sales manager for Indonesia‘s largest cattle importer Santori, with Jakarta abattoir owner Budiman Lukman.

About 40 cattle will be slaughtered within the next three hours, and the meat will be transported in scores of small utility trucks to hang in butcher’s stalls at nearby markets.

More than 80pc of the beef consumed in Indonesia is sold this way, traded within a few hours of slaughter direct to household consumers or bakso ball (meatball) makers.

In a country with a hot climate and little refrigeration, the wet market system enables consumers to buy and cook meat while it is still fresh and before it has time to spoil.

It is an efficient supply system that has barely changed for thousands of years, apart from one very notable exception.

Whereas once Pak Budiman’s small abattoir killed in the traditional manner, it and more than 60 like it now operate in accordance with the Australian Government’s Export Supply Chain Assurance System so they can receive Australian cattle.

Cattle now move from lairage pens through shielded races into an enclosed restraint box, where they are stunned and then slaughtered with a single cut to the throat as per Halal requirements.

Every animal movement is recorded by a race mounted RFID reader and instantaneously logged on the trace-ability system of Santori, the largest importer of cattle to Indonesia. The process is clean, fast and efficient.

Cattle stand quietly in covered lairage pens with food and water at the rear of the plant. There is none of the vocalisation, agitation or distress that was captured in footage from Indonesian abattoirs by Animals Australia or ABC Four Corners 12 months ago.

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Animal activists slam live export report

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ANIMALS Australia and the RSPCA have condemned findings presented in the Federal government’s first investigation into animal cruelty claims of Australian animals in Indonesian abattoirs

A report from Department’s of Agriculture’s three-month investigation into the potential breaches of Export Supply Chain Assurance Scheme (ESCAS) was released on Friday last week, recommending regulatory action against two live export companies.

The department’s deputy secretary, Phillip Glyde, said there was evidence of non-compliance with the ESCAS animal welfare performance targets in two abattoirs seen in the video footage used in evidence, which was supplied by Animals Australia along with detailed analysis of the video footage from the RSPCA.

Another two abattoirs were ruled out of the investigation along with two exporters implicated in the video footage, with Mr Glyde saying there was no evidence the animals involved were sourced from Australia.

But the department has accepted the report’s recommendations and taken regulatory action against the two exporters – the WA based International Livestock Exports and the Elders-owned North Australian Cattle Company.

The RSPCA and Animals Australia have repeatedly called for an end to the live export trade.

The two groups were pivotal in leading the public backlash that saw the Indonesian market shut down overnight by the Gillard government last June in response to animal cruelty footage raised in the ABC’s Four Corners program broadcast on May 30, which subsequently resulted in the design and implementation of ESCAS standards to improve animal welfare.

The RSPCA argue the investigation of animal cruelty claims raised in February this year highlights the regulatory system was “no magic bullet solution for live exports”.

And the auditing system in place under the Export Supply Chain Assurance Scheme (ESCAS) was, “clearly failing to protect animals”, it says.

The RSPCA is urging the government to stop the use of all Mark 4 slaughter boxes that facilitate the slaughter of fully conscious animals as part of live export supply chains – a recommendation of the report – with as many as 40 boxes currently in use in Indonesia and six in the Middle East.

Animals Australia said the report highlighted breaches which represent, “a systemic loss of control over animal welfare”.

Animals Australia campaign director, Lyn White, said despite the Federal Government insisting the new system was working, the report’s findings revealed the system does not protect the welfare of Australian animals.

Ms White said one of the slaughterhouses in question had only passed an audit a few months prior to the cruelty being documented despite their ‘standard operating procedures’ not even meeting government requirements.

She said breaches were not teething problems but revealed, “a fatally flawed system that is reliant on irregular third party audits that are paid for by the exporter”.

Breaches included workers not checking that animals were dead before cutting them up; that animals were subjected to procedures that caused pain and suffering; that animals were unduly stressed prior to slaughter and adding to their stress were being washed and hosed straight after the throat cut.

“These are the most basic animal welfare standards and it is profoundly disturbing that these abattoirs, approved under the new system, were failing to meet them,” Ms White said.

The Government’s investigation identified 37 breaches of new animal welfare standards on eight animals.

ESCAS is now being progressively rolled out to Australia’s other main livestock export markets, not just Indonesia and for sheep in the Middle East.

News Link:-http://theland.farmonline.com.au/news/nationalrural/livestock/cattle/animal-activists-slam-live-export-report/2563384.aspx?storypage=0

NSW to toughen abattoir standards – Video

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Transcript

TONY JONES, PRESENTER: The NSW Government will tomorrow announce what it calls tough measures to lift animal welfare standards in the state’s domestic abattoirs.

Each abattoir will be required to have a designated animal welfare officer, a change to the system flowing from Lateline‘s reporting on extreme cruelty in an abattoir near Sydney.

Kerry Brewster reports, and a warning: this story does contain some disturbing vision.

Transcript

KERRY BREWSTER, REPORTER: Footage aired on Lateline earlier in the year showed what the NSW Government described as gross animal mistreatment in the Hawkesbury Valley abattoir. Fully conscious pigs beaten before slaughter, cattle jabbed repeatedly with electric prods.

The expose prompted a NSW Government review. The result: mandatory animal welfare training for those slaughtering animals and the requirement for an animal welfare officer chosen and paid for by each abattoir to monitor and take responsibility for the welfare of animals.

KATRINA HODGKINSON, NSW MINISTER FOR PRIMARY INDUSTRIES: So the animal welfare officer will be in place, will be trained and will able to oversee the operations on the cutting floor.

KERRY BREWSTER: Will a welfare officer be able to shut down operations if he sees a breach?

KATRINA HODGKINSON: A welfare officer will be able to stop operations if he notices – he or she notices a breach, but it will then also be their responsibility to report straight to management.

KERRY BREWSTER: Animal rights activists who believe cruelty in Australian abattoirs is common dismiss the NSW reform.

EMMA HURST, ANIMAL LIBERATION: These changes appear to be a smokescreen, especially if the new inspectors are going to be actually hired by the abattoir themselves. There’s unlikely to be any sort of major changes that occur because of this.
NSW will tomorrow announce new measures to lift animal welfare standards at abattoirs, including mandatory designated animal welfare officers at each abattoir.

KERRY BREWSTER: The NSW review rejected the use of CCTV cameras to monitor slaughtering.

EMMA HURST: Why is there a resistance from the Government for the CCTV cameras. We can’t guarantee that that one officer will be able to see all acts of cruelty within that abattoir, whereas the cameras will catch everything and workers will know that they’re constantly being watched.

KERRY BREWSTER: But the NSW Government says a change in abattoir culture, not cameras, will reduce cruelty.

KATRINA HODGKINSON: It all comes back to training, making sure that the employees and the staff understand the importance of animal welfare and respect that.

KERRY BREWSTER: Following an investigation, Hawkesbury Valley Abattoir will be fined just over $5,000 for breaching its licence conditions. The Government says further investigation by the RSPCA may result in additional penalties.

Video & News Link:-http://www.abc.net.au/lateline/content/2012/s3504523.htm

STOP the slaughter house in JiLin, China – a facility for production of

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Hong Kong journalists have recently exposed a large-scale dog slaughterhouse in JiLin, China. More than 10,000 dogs are slaughtered every year in this single facility for the production of “dog meat instant noodles”, which are sold all around China and also exported to South Korea.

According to the reports, the dogs are obtained through trading, hunting, breeding or even stealing, while they all end up being killed in the same extremely inhumane way.

Each enclosure at the slaughterhouse keeps around 40 dogs, with a total of more than 100 enclosures in the place. The bloody dog massacre takes place every night. Their slaughter process is violent and cruel: The worker goes into an enclosure with a metal stick in his hand, repeatedly hit it on any dogs in sight until all dogs in that enclosure are abused to death.

Some dogs are lucky enough to die after a few heavy hits, while the others are injured and covered in blood, not letting out a moan but silently waiting for their next hit and watching their friends being killed.

As observed, the dogs hardly try to run away from the worker as if they have already accepted their sad fate, or maybe because they are simply too frightened to resist. More than 300 dogs are slaughtered this way every night at the dog slaughterhouse. Nothing seems to touch the workers, not the despair in their eyes, not the groan of pain and fear.

25 years-old worker Ah-Keung, who has been working for the slaughterhouse for two years, told the reporter that his salary has been raised from RMB$900 to RMB$1,100 since he joined the company for six month and become an “experienced butcher”.

“Not a single dog can get out of this place alive,”said Ah-Keung. “Not even if they are intelligent enough to speak human language”.

The above case shows a decline in humanity in China followed by its economic prosperity. We are very lucky to live in somewhere where lives are far more respected. As China is growing bigger and stronger, it must be reminded the importance of humanity and morality. The world must show awareness to this problem in China now before it is too late to be altered.

The dog bleeds in China  The human nature in the world is in the loss .

Please, Sign this petition:-http://www.thepetitionsite.com/740/473/025/stop-the-slaughter-house-in-jin-lin-china-a-facility-for-production-of-dog-meats-instant-noodles/

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