Sydney - Australian officials on Wednesday said images of livestock shipped to Vietnam being killed with sledgehammers was “disgusting” but insisted there will be no knee-jerk reaction to ban the lucrative trade.
Activist group Animals Australia has lodged a complaint with the Australian agriculture department about the brutal slaughter after obtaining footage it said showed cattle having their skulls repeatedly smashed at a Vietnamese abattoir which was “too distressing to release publicly”.
“Formal complaints have been lodged with authorities,” the group said, claiming that thousands of Australian cattle had been slaughtered at abattoirs in Vietnam not approved by Canberra, as required by export controls.
“However, having assessed conditions on the ground we have grave fears about the ongoing situation for cattle in Vietnam and will be meeting face to face with industry representatives next week.”
Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce said he first became aware of the complaints in March and the abuse was limited to three family-run abattoirs in northern Vietnam, not large commercial operations.