Graphic footage, which was screened across Israel last night showed hidden cameras in a major Israeli abattoir accredited under Australia’s live export regulations - Exporter Supply Chain Assurance Scheme (ESCAS).
It shows Australian cattle having their tails deliberately crushed, throats brutally sawn and being hoisted by one leg while conscious — all in breach of Australian and international (OIE) standards.
“Not even the presence of CCTV cameras could deter workers from breaking tails and failing to check that animals were unconscious before hoisting them to the ceiling for processing,” said Animals Australia chief investigator Lyn White.
“Kosher slaughter in Israel already involves cattle enduring the extreme stress of being tipped upside down and having their throats cut whilst fully conscious. To then have workers subjecting clearly conscious and distressed animals to such wanton cruelty is simply appalling.”
A complaint has been lodged by Animals Australia with the Department of Agriculture (DA) and Israeli authorities have launched an investigation.
Animals Australia is calling for CCTV to be made mandatory in all ESCAS-approved abattoirs, with remote access being provided to the DA in Australia.
The Dabbah abattoir, located in Deir Al Asad in Israel, is approved under ESCAS. The abattoir is facing a lengthy closure due to failing to meet religious slaughter requirements.