Animal cruelty investigation leads to conviction

Justice has been belatedly served for the calves brutalised by a slaughterhouse worker. The worker was sentenced to ten months home detention.

Animal rights activists can take the credit for the conviction, as the cruelty would not have come to light without their daring investigation.

The undercover operation caught the worker violently kicking calves and even bashing them to death. Footage from the investigation screened on national television and caused a public outcry. Other footage that did not result in a prosecution showed calves taken away from their mothers after birth, left to languish in exposed pens, and thrown into trucks to be taken to slaughter.

“This conviction would not have happened without the undercover investigation by animal rights activists,” says Executive Director Hans Kriek.  “It is alarming that activists have to risk life and limb to expose animal cruelty, all because of the lack of effort from the authorities to detect and prevent systemic animal suffering. How much more abuse is happening out there?”

While justice may have been served for the calves abused by the slaughter worker, not enough is done to protect the welfare of the millions of other calves born into the dairy industry each year. Around two million of these calves are surplus to requirements and are killed at only a few days old. These animals are often roughly handled and are forced to endure stressful transport conditions.

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28 July 2016