Thursday, May 11, 2006

Qatar Next Country in Focus on Horrible Live Animal Trade: Group Aims to Stop Livestock Import from Australia: Atrocities Extreme: Video Proof

Last sheep standing, surrounded by it’s slaughtered, bloody, quivering relatives. This is bad enough, but then the scum human who will kill it with a dull knife actually kicks it in the face. Atrocities beyond description. Animal Treatment in the Middle East.


I posted on this yesterday in relation to Egypt. Another county of focus is Qatar. For more background on the absolutely disgusting practice of livestock import from Australia to the Middle East. This includes actual footage of the just horrible treatment that occurs to sheep. You can see it here at:
http://geari.blogspot.com/2006/03/unbelievable-
video-exposes_08.html


The photo I have posted above is from the video. It shows the last sheep standing, surrounded by it’s slaughtered, bloody, quivering relatives. This is bad enough, but then the scum human who will kill it with a dull knife actually kicks it in the face. Atrocities beyond description.

So not only are the brutally slaughtered (as you’ll see in the link above), they also endure a grueling passage in a ship and then full abuse at that hands of sick humans. In essence, in the Middle East, concern for animals is very low priority. Here are a couple quotes form the story below:

“PETA’s video showed that sheep and cattle who survived the grueling ocean voyage from Australia were dragged off trucks by their ears and legs, kicked in the face and hauled to backyard abattoirs, where they were killed while they were still conscious.

Each year, millions of Australian sheep and cattle bred for meat are disposed of by being shipped thousands of kilometres - mired in their own waste - through all weather conditions on extremely crowded ships to the Middle East and North Africa. Sheep and cattle often become stuck in accumulating faeces on board, the official said.

They suffer from smothering, stress, starvation, extreme temperatures, injuries and diseases, followed by rough handling and painful slaughter for those who survive the journey. Tens of thousands of animals die each year - more than 24,000 sheep in 2004 alone, Butler pointed out.”

Article:

Animal rights group in plea to shun fresh meat

http://www.gulf-times.com/site/topics/article.asp
?cu_no=2&item_no=85759&version=1&template_
id=36&parent_id=16

Publish Date: Thursday,11 May, 2006, at 12:54 AM Doha Time

An animal being kicked in the face at a slaughter house
By Arvind Nair

AN OFFICIAL of the animals rights organisation PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) yesterday called on the public to stop using fresh meat and instead switch to chilled products.

Talking to Gulf Times, Andrew Butler said live animals exported from Australia to the Middle East, including Qatar, undergo enormous suffering.

“A high degree of trauma and stress is inherent in transporting animals on a week-long journey by sea. Many animals suffer or die from starvation, accidents, suffocation, disease, or prolonged distress during the journey.

“On board, the animals often fail to adjust to the unfamiliar food, collapse from the heat, are kept in filth, and suffer from extremely rough handling. Many have died painfully as a result of fires or other disasters on their way to the Middle East”.

Butler said he was now directly appealing to the public since his efforts to contact government officials failed to elicit any response.

PETA, which advocates vegetarianism, was being “pragmatic” in suggesting chilled meat since people are not going to give up eating meat, Butler said.

PETA, which represents more than 1mn members and supporters worldwide, had written and sent video footage of its investigation to the governments in the region a few months ago. The same letter was re-faxed to Qatar’s agriculture department yesterday, he said.

The team was in Doha yesterday but could not see any government official.

Butler and his colleagues have been touring the region to present recent findings of abuse of cattle and sheep in Egypt, Kuwait, Oman, Bahrain and Qatar and explain why the group is calling for a ban of the live-animal export trade from Australia.

PETA’s video showed that sheep and cattle who survived the gruelling ocean voyage from Australia were dragged off trucks by their ears and legs, kicked in the face and hauled to backyard abattoirs, where they were killed while they were still conscious.

Each year, millions of Australian sheep and cattle bred for meat are disposed of by being shipped thousands of kilometres - mired in their own waste - through all weather conditions on extremely crowded ships to the Middle East and North Africa. Sheep and cattle often become stuck in accumulating faeces on board, the official said.

They suffer from smothering, stress, starvation, extreme temperatures, injuries and diseases, followed by rough handling and painful slaughter for those who survive the journey. Tens of thousands of animals die each year - more than 24,000 sheep in 2004 alone, Butler pointed out.

PETA, the world’s largest animal rights organisation, will now be meeting with individuals throughout the region to begin a grassroots campaign to inform people about the cruelties of live export and to put pressure on local and the Australian governments to end the trade, he said.

PETA investigations in Qatar “discovered abuses and handling of imported animals. Sheep were dragged aggressively by a rear leg out of holding pens to the footpath, where they were bound with twine and trussed for transport in overcrowded trucks or in the trunks of cars, to be slaughtered in backyards,” the official said.

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