Random question, thought I'd bump it on an old thread rather than creating a new, do you guys all know that it is legal to slaughter livestock without stunning in Australia as well? IT also complies with the international standards for slaughter,
also, the newer footage of the overseas slaughterhouse depicted a restraining box, that was an illegal copy of the australian mark 4 box, it's apparently supposed to hold the beast down at the neck as well whilst he/she is slaughtered fully concious. No stunning is still legal! Are we still in the dark ages when it comes to knowldege of the welfare of animals? ugh! I almost think we should be focussing ourpower to make it illegal to slaughter an animla without stunning in australia, then focus on the cruel practises in live export, as it's rather hypocritical don't you think?
"•Issues were identified regarding the lack of mechanical head and neck restraint with some Mark 4 restraint boxes. A review by the Australian Chief Veterinary Officer has been suggested to assess the compliance of such boxes with international animal welfare standards."
I found the report on the investigation, and what happened in response to the newest footage, if anyone's interested here's the link.
"Questions: Isn’t it in the best interests of the animal to make stunning mandatory?
Answer: The ESCAS system is based in international animal welfare guidelines provided by the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) which permit slaughter without stunning.
The Australian Government is encouraging the use of stunning. Exporters are progressively moving to stunning in more abattoirs but there is currently no requirement to do so."