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MessageSujet: slaughterhouses / abattoirs   Jeu 4 Avr - 14:30

“ Be one big voice! Thankyou All Smile” — Dale Brooks (Cause Founder)

We demand CCTV in all Australian abattoirs and factory farms.
Posted by Jayne Cvetanoski (cause founder of Justice for Mary)

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There has been ongoing occurrences of cruelty to animals by workers. CCTV acts as a deterrent and is a legally filmed recording that can be used to prosecute. CCTV will be monitored by independent authorities, not by the industry itself.

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We demand CCTV in all Australian abattoirs and factory farms. CCTV acts as a deterrent to workers who may mistreat animals. CCTV also provides a legally filmed recording to prosecute workers who do so. With ongoing undercover footage surfacing of animals abused in Australian abattoirs, factory farms and piggeries, MANY caring Australians are looking for solutions! Help us be a voice for these defenseless animals as we push for the installation of CCTV in all Australian abattoirs, factory farms and piggeries. CCTV ideally will be monitored by independent authorities, and is relatively affordable to implement. The United Kingdom has a model that we are closely following. They have successfully had CCTV installed in many slaughterhouses, largely due to the work of UK Animal Aid - by working with UK leading supermarkets and their meat suppliers. Interestingly, the UK Government were initially not interested in helping out, but that has since changed. In January 2013, a motion was forwarded in UK Parliament for the mandatory installation of CCTV in all slaughterhouses in UK. Australia continues to lag behind other developed nations when it comes to animal welfare standards.
You can help by:
1. Supporting and sharing the page.

We will frequently post relevant petitions, and keep you abreast of key animal welfare issues. Afterall, knowledge is power. 2. Writing regularly to members of parliament, including PM Julia Gillard and Senator Joe Ludwig (Agricultural Minister). Reference the UK model in your letters. 3. Writing to Australian leading supermarkets (eg. Coles, Woolworths, ALDI, IGA) asking that they insist their meat suppliers install CCTV. Reference the UK model in your letters. 4. Writing to industry bodies requesting that CCTV become an industry standard. Reference the UK model in your letters. 5. If you are not already, consider reducing your demand on the meat and dairy industry. Ask us for ways to do this, if you are unsure.
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MessageSujet: Open the Slaughterhouses   Ven 19 Avr - 14:54

Published: April 8, 2013 278 Comments

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"How could ag-gag laws possibly pass the 1st Amendment test?"
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IN 1999, as a writer for The American Prospect, I went into a slaughterhouse undercover, with the help of some rebellious employees. The floor was slick with the residue of blood and suet, and the air smelled like iron. A part of my brain spent the whole time trying to remember which of Dante’s circles this scene most resembled.

Today, under legislation being pushed by business interests, that bit of journalistic adventure could earn me a criminal conviction and land me on a registry of “animal and ecological terrorists.” So-called ag-gag laws, proposed or enacted in about a dozen states, make, or would make, criminals of animal-rights activists who take covert pictures and videos of conditions on industrial farms and slaughterhouses. Some would even classify the activists as terrorists.

The agriculture industry says the images are unfair. They seem to show cruelty and brutality, but the eye can be deceiving. The most humane way of slaughtering an animal, or dealing with a sick one, may look pretty horrible. But so does open-heart surgery. The problem with making moral arguments by appealing to revulsion is that some beneficial and indispensable acts can also be revolting. With gruesome shots of cadavers, a skilled amateur could make a strong emotional case against using them to teach anatomy in medical school.

Moreover, the industry says, the activists are trespassers, or, when they’re employees working undercover for an animal-rights group or news organization, they’re going beyond the terms of their employment. Slaughterhouses and confined-feeding operations can be dangerous places. Although the industry surely exaggerates the risk, guerrilla actions are not the safest or best way to spur reflection on how we treat animals.

Fairness and safety are real issues. So is transparency, and that is why we should require confined-feeding operations and slaughterhouses to install webcams at key stages of their operations. List the URL’s to the video on the packaging. There would be no need for human intrusion into dangerous sites. No tricky angles or scary edits by activists. Just the visual facts. If the operators felt their work misrepresented, they could add cameras to give an even fuller picture.

There are models for this kind of sunlight requirement. For a couple of decades, federal law has required chemical plants to release details of their toxic emissions to the public. Most scholars agree that embarrassment and public pressure have pushed down pollution as a result, without further regulation.

At first, transparency would mainly inform consumer choice. The pictures might persuade some people to stop eating meat, or to buy it from a more humane source. Of course, changes in personal attitudes often translate into expanded public debate. People who start out by changing how they eat might end up supporting laws for more humane treatment of farm animals.

Open-slaughterhouse laws would not have to go through state legislatures, where agricultural lobbies are strong. Successful ballot initiatives in a few states could change the information environment for everyone. If, say, California put slaughterhouse webcams in place, the public discourse everywhere might change.

Slaughterhouse cameras might seem unfair to the operators. The images might still appeal to emotion and prompt visceral revulsion. Fair enough. But we are not going to decide how we should treat animals through cold reason alone, and certainly not if their treatment is invisible.

Emotional response is part of moral reasoning, and in this case we need more information, not less. The images need to be supplemented by brain studies and other efforts to understand what animal suffering is like — for instance, whether mammals experience trauma when confined and exposed to slaughter. But the images would motivate us to ask the right questions.

Opponents might compare this proposal to bills that require women to view images of their fetuses before having an abortion. The resemblance is misleading. Those laws intrude on intimate, difficult decisions involving a constitutional right.

In contrast, open-slaughterhouse laws would not force anyone to look at anything. They would just increase our resources for thinking and arguing. A teenager debating her parents at the dinner table, or a parishioner discussing the ethics of eating meat with fellow church members, would be able to pull out a cellphone or laptop to support his or her arguments.

Ten years before sneaking into that slaughterhouse, I was helping to slaughter cattle on the small West Virginia farm where I grew up. I still don’t feel that I know what it means, morally, when an animal’s life ends in exchange for our sustenance, or simply because we love grass-fed hamburger. Supporters of ag-gag laws are right that our treatment of animals is a hard problem that is divisive — and often leaves us internally divided — and too often oversimplified. But if advocates of these laws are sincere about those concerns, they should agree to make slaughterhouse operations transparent.

Jedediah Purdy, a law professor at Duke, is the author, most recently, of “The Meaning of Property: Freedom, Community, and the Legal Imagination.”
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MessageSujet: Re: slaughterhouses / abattoirs   Mer 7 Aoû - 9:18

june 12th 2012 sign this petition

Stop Cruelty In Slaughterhouses
Petition published by Julia Pryde on Mar 25, 2011
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Target: The British Government
Region: United Kingdom
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Petition Background (Preamble):
I need 500,000 signatures to get our government to listen. I need you to listen.

Every year 3.5 billion animals are abused then slaughtered at slaughterhouses. Every cow is kept constantly pregnant to produce milk. The cow is gentically manipulated to produce ten times the amount of milk her calf needs. This puts her in unbearable pain. I wish to make genetic manipulation to be made illegal.

I wish to make cutting parts of animals off before they are dead illegal. I wish to create a law that states all slaughterhouses must have CCTV 24/7 and yearly inspections. This is to make slaughterhouses more humane before they are killed.
My aim is to create a clean and humane living situations for all animals. This is the beginning of the end of cruelty to animals.

We, the undersigned, call on the British Government to make the slaughterhouses more humane by making genetic modification/manipulation illegal and all slaughterhouses should have 24/7 CCTV and yearly inspections.
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The Stop Cruelty In Slaughterhouses petition to The British Government was written by Julia Pryde and is in the category Animal Rights at GoPetition. Contact author here. Petition tags: slaughterhouse, slaughterhouses, animal cruelty, cows, pigs, chickens, turkeys
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