Abattoir Turkey Workers Sacked Over Animal Cruelty: Company To Bow To Animal Rights & Install CCTV

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“YES…Now that’s what you call a victory! I actually admire this company for immediately sacking those responsible & even more so; for bowing to Animal Rights pressure & having CCTV installed.”

“People…this sort of abuse goes on in many slaughter-houses, but those companies don’t want us, their CUSTOMERS, to know about it, which is why they are shitting their pants & want Ag-Gag bills to be introduced, to PROTECT THEM; WHY? Why should they be protected & thus allowed to carry on abusing animals??”

“DON’T WE the public have a right to know what happens behind slaughter-house doors?? YES! But if I went undercover to film animal abuse, I would then be CLASSED AS A TERRORISTS…who when caught would be treated like terrorists & face serious jail time!!”

“WHAT THE HELL DOES TAKING A VIDEO OR GOING UNDERCOVER TO EXPOSE ANIMAL ABUSE HAVE TO DO WITH TERRORISM? The only thing that remotely links us to the word “Terrorists” in any Dictionary is;” being part of a group” I’m no more of a terrorist than I am a duck!!”

Five workers at an abattoir in Sydney’s south-west have been sacked over animal cruelty captured in a video that emerged this week.

Company will bow to AR & install CCTV to stop further abuse going unseen

Inghams, which runs the Tahmoor abattoir, where the abuse footage was covertly filmed, confirmed on Friday night that it had sacked five employees involved in animal abuse.

“Inghams does not tolerate the mistreatment of our livestock,” company CEO Kevin McBain said in a statement. “A full investigation of the incident at Tahmoor processing plant is ongoing.”

He also confirmed that the company would bow to calls from animal rights groups to install CCTV cameras in the “live bird handling areas” of its abattoirs to guard against future abuse.

Animal Liberation – an animal rights groupreleased footage, recorded covertly at the Tahmoor plant over a two-week period in February, that showed turkeys being bashed, kicked and stomped.

The group said 140 hours of footage was handed anonymously to the animal rights group several days ago.

It was unclear whether a worker was responsible for placing the hidden camera inside the abattoir, according to Animal Liberation spokeswoman, Emma Hurst.

Ms Hurst said she had identified in the footage 136 instances of animal cruelty and aggravated animal cruelty – which was classified as cruelty that was so bad it led to the animal’s death, or injuries so severe it would be cruel to keep the animal alive.

You can see a total disrespect of these animals. There are scenes where they’ve put the music up very, very loud, the workers are screaming, jumping about, dancing, picking up the turkeys, dancing while holding onto the turkeys, throwing them onto the shackles, and just that whole mentality as though these animals don’t have feelings, that they’re objects.”

Ms Hurst said the footage had been handed to the NSW Police Assistant Commissioner for Rural Crime, and to rural crime detectives in Campsie.

One veterinarian asked to review the footage and prepare a report for the animal rights group told ABC’s Lateline that it was “among the worst [cases of animal cruelty] I’ve ever seen”.

News Linkhttp://www.smh.com.au/national/abattoir-workers-sacked-over-animal-cruelty-20130322-2gl48.html#ixzz2OT9bbX9r

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‘Torture for fun’: Police Given Shocking Abattoir Footage: Graphic Video

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An animal rights group is calling for mandatory CCTV monitoring at all Australian abattoirs after distressing footage emerged of turkeys being bashed, kicked and stomped on at a major poultry processing plant in Sydney’s south-west.

Disturbing: an abattoir worker lifts a turkey above his head before slamming the bird to the ground.

INGHAMS ABATTOIR 2013 Video at bottom of page, Viewer Discretion Advised

If this sort of behaviour was witnessed in general public, there’d be a huge outcry

Animal Liberation has called for police to investigate the workers who are shown abusing turkeys in the footage, which was recorded covertly at Inghams’ processing plant in Tahmoor over a two-week period in February.

Emma Hurst, Animal Liberation’s campaign manager, said 140 hours of footage was handed anonymously to the animal rights group several days ago. The footage had been time-stamped, and the organisation was confident it was authentic.

It was unclear whether a worker was responsible for placing the hidden camera inside the abattoir, she said.

Ms Hurst said Animal Liberation had identified in the footage 136 instances of animal cruelty and aggravated animal cruelty – which was classified as cruelty that was so bad it led to the animal’s death, or injuries so severe it would be cruel to keep the animal alive.

Ms Hurst said the turkeys weighed between eight and 17 kilograms each, and their legs were sometimes torn off when they were shackled upside down.

‘‘Hanging upside down, their legs are already brittle, and we’ve got footage as well where their legs have actually ripped off from their bodies … and the legs have been tossed around,’’ Ms Hurst said.

‘‘You can see a total disrespect of these animals. There are scenes where they’ve put the music up very, very loud, the workers are screaming, jumping about, dancing, picking up the turkeys, dancing while holding onto the turkeys, throwing them onto the shackles, and just that whole mentality as though these animals don’t have feelings, that they’re objects.’

Ms Hurst said the footage had been handed to the NSW Police Assistant Commissioner for Rural Crime, and to rural crime detectives in Campsie.

One veterinarian asked to review the footage and prepare a report for the animal rights group told ABC’s Lateline that it was ‘‘amongst the worst [cases of animal cruelty] I’ve ever seen’’.

‘If this sort of behaviour was witnessed in general public, there’d be a huge outcry,’’ said veterinarian Dr Mark Simpson.

The graphic and disturbing footage shows workers as they take turkeys from crates and shackle them before they are stunned and slaughtered.

In one case when a turkey falls to the ground, a worker repeatedly kicks the bird as it flaps about on the floor helplessly. The worker then picks up the turkey and slams it against a cage, before stomping on the bird’s head repeatedly until it no longer moves. The worker’s colleague looks on, but doesn’t intervene.

In another case, two workers take it in turns to kick and knee a bird as it hangs in its shackles, before the workers appear to celebrate. Later, one worker is shown checking around a corner, apparently to make sure no one is watching, before lining up a bird and kicking it.

‘‘These are not mere ‘incidences’, these are intentional acts to cause harm and pain to these animals,’’ Animal Liberation said in a statement. ‘‘This footage is further evidence that abuse to animals in domestic abattoirs is a systemic issue.’

Dr Simpson said his report would recommend that mandatory video monitoring be introduced at all abattoirs. In a statement, Inghams CEO Kevin McBain said an investigation had been launched into the ‘‘intolerable incidents’’.

‘‘We condemn the animal abuse we have seen in the footage and will – as a matter of urgency – work to review, retrain and reinforce our animal welfare standards throughout our organisation,’’ he said.

‘Inghams has a strong commitment to animal welfare. We have Best Practice Animal Welfare Programs and Standards in place. We work with regulatory animal welfare specialists to ensure these programs are active and operating throughout all aspects of the company.  The programs are regularly audited internally and by second and third party auditors to ensure compliance with standards.’’ “Doesn’t appear to be working, does it!”

NSW Police has been contacted for comment.

News Linkhttp://www.smh.com.au/business/torture-for-fun-police-given-shocking-abattoir-footage-20130321-2ggm2.html#ixzz2O8s0Yi00

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Notes & Time Of Abusive Actions

Inghams Poultry Abattoir 2013: Summary of Incidences.

0:00 Handheld close-up of shackles, beyond the shackling room

0:07 Filth accumulated on ledge above shackling area, including severed feet that have been thrown up there

0:36 Pan down over shackling room

0:46 Birds in truck outside, approx 4:15am (arrived 3:45am).

1:34 Another truck already inside shackling room (arrived 2:45am).

1:59 Truck entering shackling room, as seen from all three cameras (timestamp not important – just for perspective)

2:21 Monday 18-2-2013

2:26 Worker slams bird on the ground, then shackles, and knees

2:43 Worker walks past and lightly punches bird who has poked his head out of the truck, comes back and keeps pushing the bird back in, slaps, air-boxes

3:18 Worker (bottom of left screen, top of right screen), tickles bird who has poked his head out of the truck, then slaps him with the other hand

3:36 Worker (bottom of left screen, top of right screen) slams shackled bird against the wall

3:43 Worker (bottom of left screen, top of right screen) pulls dead bird from the truck and throws away

3:50 Worker punches bird, continues shackling, then walks down the line to punch the same bird again

4:08 Dead bird chucked off the side

4:17 Dead bird chucked off the side

4:23 Worker retrieves a severed foot and throws it upwards

4:32 Handheld close-up of severed foot left up on the walkway above the shackling area

4:38 Worker kicks bird

4:49 Tuesday 19-2-2013

4:54 Worker knees bird

5:03 Worker lightly boxing shackled birds

5:22 Worker in bottom left is holding a severed foot, seems to reach it into the truck to stir other birds

5:28 Worker punches bird

5:36 Worker punches bird twice, second worker punches another bird twice and then walks off dancing, first worker punches another bird

6:04 Worker kicks bird

6:18 Worker knees bird, second worker kicks the same bird, then waits further down the line and kicks the same bird twice more, then appears to throw something or hit a bird with it (another severed foot?). Both workers start jumping up and down. Second worker pulls shackled bird back and then slams against the wall. Second worker climbs onto shackle line and rides it while first worker dances. First worker shackles a bird and then slams against the wall.

8:09 Worker kicks bird three times, then kicks another bird twice,

8:55 Worker teases and slaps bird poking his head out of the truck, lets him fall down onto the platform

9:10 Worker pulls bird from truck and throws onto the ground, then picks him up, shackles him, and punches him twice

9:28 Bird falls from truck. Worker walks over and kicks the bird, picks him up and breaks him on his knee, drops him, kicks him again. Continues shackling while the bird sits on the platform flapping. Comes back, picks up the bird and slams onto the ground, and then against the side of the truck four times, drops him, and stomps on his head/neck/body 10 times. Kicks once more. Eventually comes back and picks up the bird, throw off the platform.

11:08 Worker holds shackled bird’s head to the truck so that the body stretches as the line moves, then lets go so the bird snaps back

11:26 Worker (bottom of left screen, top of right screen) knees shackled bird. Second worker waits for the same bird to reach him, then knees and then kicks him

12:04 Worker attached shackled bird’s head to the truck so that the body stretches as the line moves, then lets go so the bird snaps back (similar to 11:08 but different bird)

12:28 Wednesday 20-2-2013

12:33 Worker throws dead bird off platform

12:45 Worker punches two separate birds

13:14 Workers running onto the scene, first kicks a shackled bird

13:28 Worker throws two separate dead birds off platform

13:54 Worker punches bird

14:04 Worker climcs onto side of truck and dances on it, then pretends to box the bird the other worker is holding

14:19 Worker kicks bird five times

14:44 Worker carries dead bodies out of shackling room (there were several other occurrences of this, which are included on the longer edit)

14:59 Worker starts jumping and dancing, shakes whole platform / line of shackles

15:26 Worker throws dead bird off platform

15:33 Worker slams bird on the ground, then shackles

15:49 Bird (bottom of left screen, top of right screen) is pulled very roughly from the truck

16:05 Worker (top of screen) slams bird at shackles before properly shackling

16:14 Thursday 21-2-2013

16:19 Worker pulls a feather from the bird (who reacts strongly) to throw at another worker out of view

16:30 Three workers dancing, one while holding a bird. Then the third continues dancing while holding another bird, and later pulls feathers from shackled birds to throw at other worker, and knees a bird three times.

18:24 Workers rush onto scene and pull pirds out to shackle very quickly

18:45 Worker starts jumping and dancing, shakes whole platform / line of shackles

19:31 Worker pulls feathers from birds as they pass, to throw at another worker out of view

19:56 Worker kicks bird four times, other worker waits for the same bird to reach him, knees three times; kicks another bird four times. First worker punches bird twice. Second worker waits for the same bird to reach him, then appears to hold him up and break his neck (?) – bird remains on shackles. Second worker kicks a bird five times from 24:07.

25:13 Worker kicks bird twice, second worker kicks (the same?) bird

25:38 Worker kicks bird twice

25:49 Worker does a mock chicken dance

26:04 Dancing and clapping

26:20 Worker chucks dead bird off platform

26:27 Worker kicks bird

26:34 Clear, up-close vision of shackling. One bird may have a broken leg?

26:54 Friday 22-2-2013

26:58 Worker kicks bird

27:07 Worker punches bird

27:16 Monday 11-2-2013 to Thursday 14-2-2013

27:21 Worker throws severed foot

27:28 Handheld vision of severed foot on the stunning bench

27:32 Another severed foot thrown

27:36 Another severed foot thrown

27:43 Line has stopped, worker kicks bird 8-9 times

28:41 Worker kicks bird

Pigs ‘kicked, bludgeoned’ at NSW piggery

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Activists have released film they say shows buckets of dead piglets, workers beating sows and fly infestations at a NSW piggery.

It’s believed authorities raided the piggery on Friday night after Animal Liberation delivered footage of filthy conditions and cruel slaughtering practices.

“This piggery is one of the worst examples of factory farming where animals are treated like ‘production machines’ and no thought is given to their capacity to suffer,” the group’s NSW executive director Mark Pearson said.

“Images also included buckets of dead piglets, a sledge hammer used to bludgeon pigs, and sows with open sores.”

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The CEO of industry lobby Australian Pork Limited, Andrew Spencer, said he was “utterly appalled” at the footage.

“The majority of pork producers in Australia rigorously adhere to world best practice when it comes to animal welfare,” he said in a statement.

“There is no way that we can tolerate treating pigs like this.”

Mr Pearson told AAP his group gathered and verified footage for two months before contacting authorities on Thursday.

He said pigs were notoriously difficult to kill humanely.

“Out of all the animals that go through an abattoir the ones that stay conscious longest are pigs,” he said on Saturday.

“You’ve got to be really on the ball.”

Animal Liberation last year released footage of animals being mistreated at Hawkesbury Valley Meat Processors, in Sydney’s northwest, prompting the government to shut the facility down and launch reforms to safeguard animal welfare in the state.

From July 1 next year, it will be compulsory for NSW abattoirs to have animal welfare officers monitor and take responsibility for the wellbeing of animals.

Random audits of animal welfare compliance will also be ramped up.

Police would not comment except to say that investigations were continuing.

News Link:-http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/8510815/pigs-kicked-bludgeoned-at-nsw-piggery

Police appeal for witnesses following animal cruelty act at Menangle

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Anyone who might have seen someone near the Menangle Park Bridge at 7pm on Tuesday, June 12, is urged to come forward and help police investigate an animal cruelty act.

Police say a 60-year-old man driving south along the Hume Highway saw something fall from the bridge, which damaged his roof and cracked his windscreen.

Police found the body of a full grown cat lying on the road about 100m behind the car.

The man was not hurt. Anyone with information should phone Narellan police station on 4632 4499 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

News Link:-http://macarthur-chronicle-wollondilly.whereilive.com.au/news/story/police-appeal-for-witnesses-following-animal-cruelty-act/

Cruelty suspected as cat hits car on Hume Highway

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Police believe a cat was deliberately thrown from a highway overpass into oncoming traffic on the south-western outskirts of Sydney last night.

A 60-year-old man was driving south on the Hume Highway at Menangle when the fully grown cat smashed into his windscreen and then hit the road at about 7:00pm (AEST).

Police were called and found the cat dead nearby.

The driver was not injured and was able to continue his journey with a cracked windscreen and extensive damage to the car’s roof.

Inspector Dean Smith says it is possible but not likely that the incident was an accident.

“It’s disturbing. The difficulty we have is that the gentleman who was driving the vehicle didn’t see the cat being thrown,” he said.

“It certainly may be the case that the cat has fallen and hasn’t been thrown, so what we’re looking at now is anyone who may have been in the area at the time to contact Campbelltown Local Area Command.

“Either the cat has fallen from the area – I mean that doesn’t happen too often, I’ve never heard of an incident like that where a cat’s fallen – or it may be someone has thrown it from the walkway.”

News Link:http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-06-13/cruelty-suspected-as-cat-hits-car-on-sydney-highway/4067672?section=nsw

Parallels between seal and kangaroo slaughter: Canadian lawyer

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The slaughter of kangaroos in Australia is going largely unnoticed when compared with Canada’s widely condemned annual seal hunt, a prominent Canadian animal rights lawyer says.

Lesli Bisgould is embarking on a 12-stop tour of Australia, hosted by animal protection institute Voiceless, to highlight the plight of Australia’s icon.

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Voiceless says that the annual hunt of Australia’s kangaroos is the world’s largest commercial slaughter of land-based wildlife, with almost 90 million lawfully killed in the past 20 years.

By comparison, Canada’s harp seals are hunted in the world’s largest commercial slaughter of marine mammals, with almost 4 million killed lawfully in the past two decades.

This year, Voiceless will explore legal comparisons between the two hunts and the lessons Australia can learn from its Canadian counterpart in the 2012 Voiceless Animal Law Lecture Series, starting in Sydney on Wednesday.

Seals and kangaroos are both slaughtered away from the public eye and many suffer for long periods of time before death, Voiceless says.

Ms Bisgould will share her legal insights and experiences of the seal hunt while local speakers will provide a legal perspective on the commercial hunting of kangaroos.

With the two countries holding such similar records, the presentations will also explore the legal parameters of the hunts and what the public can do.

Ms Bisgould

Ms Bisgould was the first lawyer in Canada to specialise in animal rights, she wrote the first Canadian text on the subject and has lectured widely throughout Canada and the US.

She has challenged the Canadian government, questioning its justifications of the hunt.

She was co-counsel in two lengthy court cases. The first challenged the sale of seal penises as they contain a controlled substance, testosterone.

The second challenged the Canadian government’s efforts to thwart observation of the hunt by independent observers. She claimed that the government did not want observers to document accurate images of the horrors of the hunt, which contradicted the government’s own assertions about it.

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/environment/conservation/parallels-between-seal-and-kangaroo-slaughter-canadian-lawyer-20120528-1zete.html#ixzz1wUl3LZTW

Sea Shepherd crew | Life aboard the Bob Barker

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With bunk beds in cramped rooms, stickers with slogans such as “Woodchipping Sucks” plastering the walls and the smell of samosas filling the air, this could easily be a backpacker’s hostel.

But life aboard the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society‘s anti-whaling ship Bob Barker is no holiday.

The Bob Barker, named after an American game show host who donated money to buy the ship, is docked in Sydney’s White Bay and will soon make the voyage into the freezing waters of the Southern Ocean for a three-month campaign.

Over summer, the crew of 35 conservationist volunteers will stalk the Japanese whaling ships and brave nature’s whims to put themselves between the hunters and their prey.

The crew will work exhausting days and nights in an ocean known for its dangerous winds and huge waves.

“I think this season down in the Southern Ocean is going to be the most intense year to date,” the ship’s manager, Andrea Gordon, said.

“Sea Shepherd has been getting stronger and more successful every year and last year we saved over 850 whales and we intend to shut them down completely this year.”

We talked to the crew – who were busy doing maintenance and stocking medical and food supplies – about a day in the life of the Bob Barker’s crew at sea.

Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/environment/whale-watch/it-takes-a-pirate-to-catch-a-pirate-20111102-1mviq.html#ixzz1vPNKK3PQ

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