Saturday, 4 May 2013

Acceptable cruelty for seven months?

 Acceptable cruelty for seven months? - Activists allow cruelty to suit agenda

by Sherrill Stivano


The Australian cattle industry has voluntarily suspended export to Egypt while a new animal cruelty complaint is investigated by DAFF.

It appears that further acts of cruelty in one of our live export markets (this time Egypt) have been identified. They are unspeakable and terrible and I find it hard to believe humans are capable of such cruelty. I also find it extremely appalling that some of this footage was shot in October 2012 and some in April 2013.

Photo sourced from The Land


I am not going to condone this in any shape or form. I do not care if they are Australian animals or Egyptian or Somali. All animals of every nationality deserve to be treated with the highest level of animal welfare including at the point of slaughter. I would to know the following however:
  • 1. Why are we only hearing about it now?
  • 2. Why when you witness these terrible acts, and take the time to film them (without stepping in at any point to suggest it is wrong) do you then not immediately do anything?
  • 3. Why do you not immediately take the footage to the authorities so it can be acted upon straight away?
  • 4. How can you sit on the footage knowing full well that more of the same could be occurring in the following months, more animals suffering unnecessarily?
  • 5. Surely by reporting such an incident in October 2012 there is a good chance the second incident April 2013 would not have occurred?
I give you the following reasons for being able to film such cruelty and wait 7 months before approaching authorities………….
  • 1. We have an election coming up and the likes of Animals Australia want to bring Live Export into the forefront as an election issue especially since both parties have said they will not ban it permanently.
  • 2. The general public understand that industry has been very proactive and addressed many issues in our Live Export markets. They also understand that by Australia being present in these markets and educating them, introducing technologies and improving infrastructure we make a difference not only to the welfare of Australian animals, but all animals. Animal activists want to shock people into changing their beliefs. They give the impression this happens everywhere all the time. They receive donations to assist them in their advertising campaigns. All money that does not directly reach or benefit a single animal and its welfare as they are not about animal welfare, but rather animal rights which are two totally different things.
  • 3. And finally the ultimate agenda held by Animals Australia………..veganism for all. They are setting about to change the consumers views through scaremongering and misinformation in all livestock industries, from dairy to pork to chicken to beef to sheep.
I am not asking you to condone the cruelty or even to support Live Exports, but I am asking you to think about how those who film these acts are benefiting from the very same cruel acts. We have seen awards, monetary gain for groups and publicity all off the back of the cruelty filmed in the past. If they were not intent on gaining something they would be reporting it immediately, not 7 months later


  1. Probably want to check your facts before embarrassing yourself with a piece like this.

    1. @ Stop Live Exports ^
      At this point the only one here embarrassing themselves is yourself. How about you tell us why you believe that this article is lacking facts and how about you do so logically & civilly. While you are at it how about mustering enough courage to post in your real name instead of hiding behind a tag name.

  2. I am certainly not embarrassed to stand up and say that I do not condone cruelty. I am at a loss as to how a people can stand passively by and film this yet take no action to actually stop it occurring. There was a TV crew there. Did no one have the balls to step up and say "Hey stop that it is wrong!"? I can clearly see that there is direct benefit for the activists, politically and through publicity which usually then leads to a donation drive. That is what is repugnant to me as well as the terrible cruelty.

  3. crock of rubbish..once again cattle industry attempts to shift the spotlight........

    1. Tyna, what part of this excellent blog is a 'crock of rubbish'. Highlighting facts and making people aware of the full story is not 'shifting the spotlight' no matter how inconvenient it may be for Animals Australia and animal rights activists (

    2. and it continues,,,,,was not a one off ,,,,you people condone it and encourage it for $$$

    3. and it continues.... the irony tyna is that this post is about an activist allowing known cruelty to continue for 7 months in wait on a time to release it with maximum impact and you have waited 7 months to again revisit this post.
      And animal activists still continue this stunt but this one has got charged for this appalling uncaring behaviour towards animals.
      Oh about the $$$, in the last 7 months you received none of this & was able to live on fresh air.

  4. @tyna, it would have been a far more credible statement if you had said why you hold the believe that the article is rubbish.

    An interesting new development came up today. EGYPT’S Ambassador to Australia is quoted in the article, Live ex complaint motives questioned, that it may not have been a seven month delay it bringing this footage forward but the footage could be as much as four years old. I guess we will have to wait to see if this is verified.

  5. Interesting twist introduced by Egypt's Ambassador was that there could be vested interests within the meat industry, over there no doubt, keen to see live exports to his country reduced. $$$$ trail leads who knows where?

  6. @tyna..............please tell me which part is rubbish. I would love to know. The part about how activists film cruelty without stopping it? The part about using the cruelty footage for their own agenda? The part about how it is being used for political gain?

  7. @ tanya... the focus most certainly is upon the cattle industry, which at the moment is in dire straights as a cumulative result of the ban, and subsequent backlog of stock that were due for market, as well as the next drop of calves, many of which were on the way at the time. Simply, there is now an overstocking situation, none of which is due to bad management of the graziers but all due to bad management of government. You, and your ilk, lay blame for the cruelty at the door of the producer here, rather than having the guts to point the finger at the perpetrators for fear of being labelled "racist" or "islamaphobe".
    Yet if you refuse to supply these people with food , you will be granted the same labels.
    Once the beast is sold it is not the property of the Australian farmer any more, and to demand that they be held responsible for the barbaric behaviour of backward cultures is unfair, to say the least...if you sell your car and the next owner drives drunk and kills an innocent are you to be held responsible for not checking out the purchaser's drinking habits?
    To deny the imminent destination of organisations such as PETA, and Animals Australia, and, regrettably, our formerly respected RSPCA, is the destruction of all animal based farming activities, and ultimately the right to own animals, is naïve in the extreme. And to deny that extremists will cheat and lie and deceive to reach their destinations is equally naïve.

  8. Good points, Tony. I too can't abide animal cruelty (and didn't watch the latest TV footage from Egypt for that reason) but Australian farmers should not be blamed. On top of the backlog of stock, many are now facing another drought, as shown on 7.30 last night. My sympathies are with the farmers but agree any such cruelty to cattle should be exposed at the earliest opportunity, not delayed for any reason.

  9. I just came back from ducking over to see my next door neighbour , who has just returned from the top end where he and his Mrs have been contract mustering for the last few months. Seems the place they were on had just finished a 3 week stint bringing in 2000 weaners, and the boss decided to turn them out again as it isn't worth the cost to get to a depressed market. Thanks heaps Animals Australia. Just two more out of work and 2000 more head to fight for survival .

  10. Senator Barnaby Joyce has a very good opinion article in the Canberra Times, Government has left cattle industry out in the cold
    Barnaby starts with the story of an aboriginal family in the Gulf country of Qld, their connection to country and how nowadays cattle are an important part of their culture.
    Cattle are an important part of the culture, community and economy of all of northern Australia. When the Gillard government made the worst diplomatic blunder of modern times of cutting the food supply to our neighbours, Indonesia, without warning; they were in fact saying we believe that our culture is superior than ours (that of the southern Australian cities) that we can dictate to you what to do. The Gillard government were in effect saying to the Indonesian people, 'we don't think you are worth feeding'.
    Despite what you believe about the continuation of the live export trade, if you believe that you can treat important inter nation relations in that manner, you have rocks in your head.

  11. Video evidence will have to be handed over without extended time delays under new legislation supported by both side of politics.
    Simular laws are also being considered in the US where:
    "The “Ag-Gag” laws make it illegal for employees to covertly videotape livestock farms, or apply for jobs at related businesses, without disclosing ties to animal rights groups.
    One of the draft bills, “The Animal and Ecological Terrorism Act,” prohibits the filming or taking of pictures on livestock farms to “defame the facility or its owner”.
    The new laws also accommodate protection for genuine whistleblowers"

    Article at farmonline, Support for 'ag gag' move


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