Live trade shall end now, RSPCA says

by Editor
Wednesday, February 14, 2007

According to RSPCA Victoria president, Dr Hugh Wirth, live animal trade with Egypt shall end immediately.

Shocked but not surprised by the latest video footage from Egypt the president of the Royal Societies for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) Victoria called on the Australian Government invest in the infrastructure required to expand the chilled and frozen meat trade so it can replace live animal exports as soon as possible.

This would be the only way to ensure more Australian animals don’t suffer from the deeply-entrenched cruelties.

Dr Wirth says the footage shows appalling and unjustifiable practices by animal handlers and slaughtermen. Exhausted and distressed animals are thrown or dropped off vehicles in busy traffic and dragged along the ground.

Sheep are roughly tied onto roof racks and crammed into car boots, and animals with their legs bound and their throats are then roughly sawn open with blunt knives in front of other waiting animals.

It was the first shipment of sheep from Australia to Egypt since the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed in October 2006, after the earlier live cattle export crisis with Egypt.