AUSTRALIA: Multiple deficiencies uncovered in NSW abattoirs
Posted: May 21st, 2012 - 10:07am
Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Animal welfare breaches have been uncovered in all 10 of the state's red meat abattoirs, a government review has found.
The NSW Food Authority has confirmed that an audit of practices in red meat abattoirs across the state has resulted in the issuing of improvement notices over animal welfare issues across the board.
The findings come as revelations that the Wilberforce abattoir which was the subject of an ABC Lateline expose´ in February this year, including shocking images of animal cruelty, was fined just $5,200 by the NSW Food Authority, a penalty animal rights groups have criticised as far too lenient.
Breaches identified by the review included incidents of ineffective stunning before slaughter, incompetency of slaughtering staff and the compromised welfare of livestock delivered to plants outside of business hours.
The findings have prompted the Minister for Primary Industries, Katrina Hodgkinson, to announce the introduction of mandatory animal welfare officers in all NSW abattoirs from the start of next year. All slaughtering staff at each abattoir will also undergo mandatory retraining in stunning, sticking and shackling techniques, under the package of animal welfare reforms Ms Hodgkinson said yesterday.