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Live cattle exports from Australia to Indonesia are now in jeopardy after graphic footage of animal cruelty has been released to the media.
Many Australians are outraged and are calling for a total ban on live cattle exports.
Please be warned, some footage in the following story is graphic.
The Australian live cattle export industry is in turmoil after graphic footage of animal cruelty in Indonesian abattoirs has been released.
The footage shows cattle suffering inhumane torture before being slaughtered.
The RSPCA along with Animals Australia released the footage, saying the Live Export Industry was aware of the abuses, but did not act when they were exposed.
Lisa Chalk of the RSPCA said, quote: "Live Corp and Meat and Livestock Australia are completely aware of their culpability in animal cruelty in Indonesia."
Indonesia has about 100 abattoirs where Australian cattle are sent for slaughter.
Glenys Oogjes, Executive Director, Animals Australia.
[Glenys Oogjes, Executive Director, Animals Australia]:
"Meat and Livestock Australia, representing the meat industries, and Live Corp, representing the live export industries, have known about the problems in Indonesia for probably 18-20 years."
Cameron Hall, CEO of Live Corp said, quote: ''The industry has been working hard to introduce stunning into Indonesian abattoirs for sometime, and we are accelerating this work so that stunning is adopted in more facilities by the end of the year.''
The Australian Minister of Agriculture says the abattoirs are currently being investigated.