The following was adapted
from a post on PETA Asia’s Hot and Sour Scoop blog:
After Egyptian media reported that a scientific
committee was recommending that all Australian cattle have their ears cut off
prior to slaughter, PETA Australia encouraged its supporters to speak up. As a
result, the Australian government has
assured PETA Australia that it has discussed this issue with Egyptian officials
and that the ears of animals will not be cut off prior to slaughter.
The recommendation to cut off the ears of cattle came after
Australian cattle in Egypt were held for several weeks following the discovery
of hormone growth promotants (HGPs) in some animals’ ears. Egyptian authorities
have demonstrated their mistrust of HGPs, and PETA Australia feared that they
were likely to accept the findings of the committee, leaving Australian cattle
open to this extreme mutilation—most likely with no pain relief—prior to their
However, it’s still unclear
if Australian animals in Egypt will have the implants removed from their ears
prior to slaughter as has occurred previously, according to Australia’s
Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry. PETA Australia investigators
have seen firsthand how cattle are treated in Egypt, so this procedure likely would
not be performed humanely, either. PETA Australia is waiting for a response from
the Australian minister of agriculture.
It’s very clear under Islamic law that for meat to
be halal (“permissible”), animals must not
experience any discomfort prior to being slaughtered. Cattle can’t be mutilated
before being killed—otherwise, the meat becomes haraam (“sinful”).
As an Australian program, Four Corners, revealed, animals exported
alive from Australia are not protected from abuse and mistreatment once they
have left that country. As in the case of the barbaric killing of 20,000 sheep in Pakistan, the
Australian government would have been powerless to stop cattle from having
their ears cut off if Egyptian authorities had mandated this mutilation.
Investigations conducted by PETA affiliates have
exposed the abuse and mistreatment of animals used for live export on
numerous occasions. It’s time for Australian officials to
end live export. Please e-mail Joe Ludwig, the minister of agriculture,
fisheries and forestry, at firstname.lastname@example.org and
politely ask him to ban these ships of death.
Article source: PETA Files