"Flooded" Cattle in Vietnam
Australia’s meat industry is championing the live export of cattle to Vietnam despite ESCAS reports of “flooding” which industry media, Beef Central describes as “a cruel practice in which cattle are forced to intake large volumes of water by hose prior to slaughter in the belief it will add weight to saleable meat.”
Whilst it is commendable that some of the 2020 ESCAS breaches were self reported by exporters, it still highlights the fundamental failure of Australia to a) care for its animals once they leave these shores and b) improve the animal welfare in other countries - a frequent claim of the industry.
A spokesman for the industry states that “100 percent compliance is an impossible goal for any industry.” Sure, but we are talking major non-compliance and major animal cruelty with incidents of "flooding".
Industries that involve such extreme animal welfare risks continue to be unacceptable.
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