Sheep to be slaughtered at mosques

15 Oct, 2012 04:04 AM
Photo: Sasha Woolley
Photo: Sasha Woolley

MORE than 2000 Australian sheep will be ritually slaughtered in Singaporean mosques in the coming weeks, enraging animal rights activists who say the ritual killing inevitably leads to animal cruelty.

The animals are being shipped to Singapore for the annual Korban, this year on October 26, where sheep are ritually killed with a portion given to the poor and needy.

Eighteen ''temporary facilities'' have been approved at mosques by the Australian government following the introduction of new strict animal welfare rules, known as ESCAS, for all live exports.

The rules, which require the exporter to guarantee animal welfare standards from farm to slaughter, were established after Australian cattle were slaughtered inhumanely in Indonesia last year.

Animals Australia's lead campaigner, Lyn White, said the public had lost confidence in live exports, citing the current saga involving the brutal culling of more than 7000 Australian sheep in Pakistan.

"Exporters managed to get Pakistan approved under ESCAS, despite risks that any reasonable person would have foreseen, and now inconceivably, mosques in Singapore have been approved as a location to ritually slaughter Australian sheep,'' Ms White said.

Animals Australia said in Singapore, and in Islamic countries, Muslims could fulfil their religious obligations by purchasing a voucher for an animal to be slaughtered in an abattoir in other countries, with the meat then distributed to the poor.

A Department of Agriculture spokesman said an export licence was granted in late September as it had met the new regulations.

''This included information required to set up 18 temporary facilities and the use of trained personnel. These conditions were approved on the basis that they comply with ESCAS regulations,'' he said.

Singapore's Prime Minister, Lee Hsien Loong, visited Canberra on Thursday and said Australia had gone ''the extra mile'' to ensure mosques that had been audited were cleared and qualified for the slaughter ritual.

Labor backbencher and critic of live exports, Kelvin Thomson, said Australians should encourage Muslims to fulfil their religious obligations by buying vouchers for sheep to be slaughtered in Australian abattoirs.

''Religious convictions that condone cruelty to animals should not be accommodated, they should be resisted,'' he said.

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15/10/2012 6:18:30 AM

how dumb can people get in this country if these animal activists see how a farmer kills his stock for his own meat then no one would be allowed to slaugter their own stock for meat. might as well eat veggies all our lives
15/10/2012 6:35:06 AM

If farmers cannot kill their animals humanely andwith respect, then they deserve all the condemnaton currently being heaped upon them and should be prosecuted. But we all knew all along that they don't give a toss for their animals and we ae deeply, deeply ashamed of the farmers and exporters and politicians of Australia
John Niven
15/10/2012 6:50:29 AM

Not sure what thomas is on about, everybody I know killing their own meat are aware the animal should be calm and cool and use a sharp as possible knife. Quite a few years ago I was witness to a ritual sheep killing and man the knife would have taken the head off an elephant. Swift and clean.
15/10/2012 7:03:55 AM

Can anyone explain to me the difference in humans killing animals for food and the following, Aust native animals being killed and maimed by vehicles in there 1000s every day and night, or a preditory animal killing another animal by ripping them apart, or people catching fish with that big hook through thier mouth, imagine a sheep running down the paddock with lyn white on the end of the fishing rod, just as long as you do it on aust land. Maybe Lyn should focus on homeless australians and drug addics before thowing stones at other countries, after all they have to eat too
15/10/2012 7:50:37 AM

the bottom line here we are all racist and hypocrites in this country we just hate seeing other kind of people practise their own ways even if its humane, i hope all these countrys buy stock from other countrys so all the whingers here can whine to themselves, fix our own act before pointing to others
no more green dribble
15/10/2012 8:16:47 AM

Its people like you Alex that confirm to us all that animal activists are a deranged lot.
Ian Mott
15/10/2012 9:10:39 AM

Notice that no mention is made, by either Lyn White, Kelvin thompson or anywhere else in the article, of what might constitute the cruelty? That is because they cannot provide anything that is verifiable. A cruel death is spending three days with half a thigh missing from dog attack. A cruel death is when an animal rights nutter "rescues" roadkill and takes it for an extended, painfully traumatised search for a vet when a quick roadside hit with a hammer would end it all in a second. A cruel death is when their bull$#it compassion prevents them from making a single hit count.
15/10/2012 10:43:03 AM

Cutting the throat of a sheep as humane destruction has always been listed in the welfare codes. If I'm out in the bush on my bike, miles from anywhere, & find a sheep, or any other small animal, that has to be destroyed, there are options: Quickly slit its throat with my pocketknife causing death in seconds Belt it to death with a stick Leave it & hope to return with a rifle before the eagles & crows start to tear it apart while alive Just leave it for nature to take care of it. Some good points in Ian Mott's post.
16/10/2012 7:23:16 AM

Alex You have just stated that ALL FARMERS dont give a toss about animal welfare!!! So u r not being reasonable and just,therefore you have no credibility!
16/10/2012 8:13:49 AM

Some organisations such as PETA are against any use of animals for human gain eg eating them, milking them or having them as pets. Where does Animal Australia stand? Is it okay if they are stunded first? is it okay if it done in a humane and respectful way? or are they against all killing and eating of animals and want everyone to be vegans?
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