Tortured Aussie Cattle

Alyssa - posted on 05/30/2011 ( 8 moms have responded )

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I am very near the point of being physically sick at the thought of what I saw last night on Aussie show "4 Corners" which highlighted the mistreatment and torture of thousands of live export cattle to Indonesia. Some cattle were supposedly being slaughtered for Halal which involved them being stepped on repeatedly, their eyes gouged out, tails broken, being tied up for hours in order to get them in a position to be killed the correst Halal way. There were even cattle lined up having to watch other cattle being slaughtered...they were visibly shaking with fear by the time it was their turn.

http://www.abc.net.au/4corners/specials.... go to "A Bloody Business"

It sickens me to think we are sending our cattle to be treated in this way yet our government thinks it is ok...

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Angela - posted on 05/31/2011

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@Jakkie, it is not easy But with some time, effort and surfing the net I have done it I( I also quiz my local toy storesIE where is it built, are parts on toy coming from somewhere else etc)
The issue I had was is when people buy my dd gifts, some are made in China, and at one point I said nothing but would not use the gift item etc. I then decided to just be honest and tell them why. They did not have to agree but everyone now knows my stand and buy what we accept.
Food and products from china have killed babies (http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1844750,00.html) in additon to lead in toys ([PPT]
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Humanrights issues abound...(http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/10/world/...) . These are just examples...there is more just google.
I visited China and saw it so it is REAL. Their has been so many scandals with tainted foods etc. but what got me was they poisoned their own babies. It was this that made me swear off Chinese products for all those babies. The Chinese people are great and it is a wonderful country and they too feel betrayed but can do very little.
I did not know about Israel! Thank you for bringing it to my attention! I agree with you 100 per cent on the fish, I do the same also. It is all about respect and responsibility and we as consumers and can make a difference, I am passionate of this but make not any apologies.
I am not rich and it is hard because the products that I ban are cheap and easy to find. So we do with less. I buy toys made from reputable companies Germany makes good ones and in the USA their is a lot of resources and companies that are pro eco, human rights.Living in NL I have to import a lot lucky for me Germany has some great toys and products.

Tara - posted on 05/31/2011

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The only way to change this system of food production is to demand better regulations. Consumers pull the weight, you can't change government policy, you can't force new regulations for industry standards, you can't force agri-business to regulate themselves, but you have all the power in the world.
You have the money. You have the choice where you spend that money, you have a voice behind your dollars. You can go directly to your butcher, your grocer and simply let them know you don't support these practises and until things change you will not be spending your money there.
You can spend your cash on food that is raised sustainably, you can support your local small scale livestock producers and farmers. You can throw your weight around when you spend your hard earned money.
Write letters, email politicians, call activists, but ultimately what you do with your cash is what determines the industry.
When we go through our days not thinking about our food, when we pretend it all just gets to the store "somehow" and we don't know about the journey, we become pawns in the agri-business, we support these practises by buying their products.
It's horrible, it's disgusting, it's barbaric, it is the way of the factory food industry...

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Good on you Angela for putting your money where you mouth is.

I avoid products made in Israel because of human rights, and don't buy imported fish because I think we should be able to produce enough for ourselves without destroying other people's fish stocks... but I haven't thought of boycotting China. Like you say, that'd be tricky.

Angela - posted on 05/31/2011

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I still state that tax payers and consumers have more power than you think, If people stopped buying meat from the producers who distribute it to Indonesia....it would make an impact.
It is like trying to find products not made in China, not easy...but I do it because I support human rights and do not want unsafe products around my child. Not EASY but doable

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But the problem here is that it is happening in another country with whom we have a very tense relationship. We can lobby to get our govt to stop sending our cattle there, but we can't make the Indonesians do anything they don't want to do.
A bit that really got me is that our taxpayers money is being spent to support the export industry. There's something wrong about that - can't industry look after itself without putting out its hand for welfare?

But anyway - those poor poor cattle. They looked so innocent and sad.

Angela - posted on 05/31/2011

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OMG that is horrible, I hate to say know it but I think most of the time governments do not care...
It is up to the consumer to make a difference if people did not buy it it would not be sold. I only buy meat that ...
I know where it comes from, local organic farms.
meat eggs and milk etc must be organic organic and animals treated well, it is more expensive a lot more but if more people bought it the prices would come down. I buy at local farms because I can see with my own eyes that the animals are happy and the people who are proud of the farming and products. I use to buy differently, I tried to buy mostly organic but did not realize how important it really was until a dioxin scare here in Europe, after that I was really angry that my family was exposed to dioxin and I did not feel good even if they said the levels were not a big threat. So now I buy organic, if that means we eat less meat so what i am learning new ways to make meals with less but still healthy and substantial.
I ask people to look for local fresh foods and support organic farms. My kids and I enjoy going to the local farm and seeing the animals and plants. I want to teach them to know where their food comes from and to respect it!

Alyssa - posted on 05/30/2011

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The RSPCA do lobby against the live animal export trade, but I don't think it will ever happen. There's too much money in it.

It is a truly disgusting story but it has to be because this is what is happening. I have to admit, I did think the whole "STOP LIVE ANIMAL EXPORT" protest was a bit too "greeny" for me but after seeing this I was truly amazed at what was actually happening.

Sneaky - posted on 05/30/2011

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it's always about money isn't it?

I wonder if the RSPCA are on the case? I haven't looked at the story because I don't really want any more horrific images in my mind.

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