CCTV to be necessary in all Queensland slaughterhouses


The inquiry was launched after the ABC’s 7.30 program aired disturbing footage of horses being brutally mistreated on the Meramist Abattoir slaughterhouse north of Brisbane.

It was headed by retired District Courtroom choose Terry Martin SC with the help of equine veterinary surgeon Dr Peter Reid.

The pair discovered “inappropriate dealing with of horses” at some Queensland abattoirs resembling permitting horses to see and listen to others being shocked or shot and scent blood instantly earlier than slaughter.

“CCTV could be helpful in detecting and addressing systemic points that aren’t being addressed by way of different means,” the inquiry’s report learn.

“The usage of CCTV at institutions additionally sends a a powerful sign to workers who’re working with animals on the institution that animal welfare is necessary.

“CCTV surveillance at meat processing institutions is an rising normal that promotes higher apply and elevated public belief.”

The federal government may also make it necessary for racehorse house owners to make two real makes an attempt to re-home retired horses earlier than they are often slaughtered.

The brand new rule was essentially the most vital suggestion to enhance the welfare of ex-racehorses, Impartial Queensland Racing Integrity Commissioner Ross Barnett mentioned.

“I feel it’s a actual game-changer by way of altering the tradition, a bit of, and ensuring persons are conscious of their obligations,” he mentioned.

Racing Minister Stirling Hinchliffe mentioned not all retired race horses would discover a house underneath the scheme however it might assist to enhance welfare requirements.

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A 1 per cent prize cash levy for thoroughbred and harness racing got here into impact final month and can assist fund the retired racehorses’ welfare program.

The federal government will give $6 million to fund the suggestions, together with 4 new biosecurity employees, to implement guidelines.

Mr Furner mentioned two new inspectors in addition to an investigator and compliance supervisor could be employed after the inquiry discovered “a scarcity of enough oversight by Biosecurity Queensland inside the export abattoir”.

The state will now have has 17 biosecurity inspectors.

“Supporting these suggestions will strengthen the trade and supply larger certainty across the welfare of retired racehorses,” Mr Furner mentioned.

“We stay dedicated to a nationwide strategy to develop and implement nationally constant requirements and pointers for livestock animal welfare.”

The record of suggestions and the federal government’s response could be discovered at daf.qld.gov.au

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