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Record number of live lambs and calves exported from Australia to Israel for meat in 2019

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Numerous reports of animal abuse connected with the live shipment industry have emerged. Recent video showed workers kicking and punching a cow; and electrocuting and shooting animals for fun.

SUE SURKES: ‘A record-breaking 691,327 live lambs and calves were transported to Israel for fattening and slaughter last year, the Israeli animal rights group Animals reported. The figure marks an increase of 5,514 over the number of animals that arrived in the country on live shipments in 2018 and continues a trend of annual increases in live imports (with the exception of 2017, which saw a slight dip). By way of comparison, 95,545 live animals were imported for the meat industry in 2009 and 228,711 in 2014, Animals said.

Numerous reports of animal abuse connected with the live shipment industry have emerged in recent years. Just last month, harrowing footage emerged of cruelty at Australian cattle farms that send live animals to Israel for fattening and slaughter. The footage, screened by Kan TV news, was filmed secretly by two Israelis who secured jobs at several cattle farms in western Australia.

It showed an animal protection manager kicking and punching a cow; workers standing on, electrocuting and even shooting “for fun” at animals; dying cows being left to die slowly when there weren’t enough guns to finish them off and — in one instance — a cow still alive on the ground after someone who had never previously held a weapon fired four bullets into her body’. SOURCE…

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