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A sort of perfect storm of cruelty

The mark of just how civilised any people are is very much related to how they address notions of cruelty to those creatures over which they have domain. Frankly you would have to be living under a rock if you are not aware of the scandal about the methods of slaughter that are common in countries like Indonesia and the middle east.

Production manager Jonet Rusmargono examines Australian cattle at the Dharma Jaya abattoir in East Java yesterday. Picture: Oka Budhee Source: The Australian

On a personal level I have dabbled with the vegetarian faith but I eventually came to the conclusion that as long as each individual is prepared to take personal responsibility for the life that must be taken to put meat onto the table then cruelty can and will be minimised. But lets make no mistake there is no entirely cruelty free way to kill the animals that we eat. All that we can do is try with the greatest sincerity to make the necessary death swift and as lacking of suffering as we can. Now I have previously denounced the practices of Halal slaughter and I find the stories that have inspired this current scandal entirely unsurprising. If you add a general indifference to the suffering of lesser creatures (or unbelievers )  to very poor governance on matters secular (like the regulation of abattoirs) you have the conditions for a sort of perfect storm of cruelty.But I also see the industrialisation of meat as a pernicious factor in this scandal as well because it allows the slaughter to be distanced form polite society and in that distance there is no social oversight of the practice either.

Well on this issue I find myself pretty much in tune with those who insist that unless the cruelty can be stopped (or at least minimised ) then we have no ethical choice but to suspend the export of Australian cattle until the ending of cruel slaughter practices can be assured.

Cheers Comrades


4 Comments

  1. busby777 says:

    I hate the fact that animals must die to feed us, but we could at least make the slaughter as humane as possible. Thanx for posting this.

  2. Iain Hall says:

    Tessa
    I have often advocated that those who eat meat should at least once in their life kill and dress their own becuse I think that doing so is the only way that anyone really understands that meat requires the death of an animal.

  3. busby777 says:

    I have caught, killed, cleaned, cooked and eaten trout. I also plucked chicken on my brother’s farm after he killed it. I believe that those experiences gave me an appreciation of the sacrifice that those animals made. I do not eat a lot of meat, but sometimes I just have to have some.

  4. Angel says:

    From living on a farm I have slaughtered cows, sheep, ducks, chooks and shot roos. None were tortured or done slowly. Busby is correct, it does give you an appreciation and more insight than what is simply on the supermarket shelves.

    I tried to get Ray to view the footage, don’t think he did though, as my point was islamic focused and I think he would have been a bit stubborn just from that point.

    We need exports of livestock for our economy, likewise mining. Yes I am an animal lover, but I think every person with any heart will see this for what it is. Sick.

    There would be many more slaughterhouses than those caught out. I don’t know what the solution is but we cannot continue to hand over these animals to those monsters under these conditions.

    Why is the Indonesian Government doing about this???????????

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