Four Corners would appear to have put a new issue on the government’s agenda after screening devastating footage of the slaughter of Australian cattle in Indonesian abattoirs.
Sarah Ferguson’s report was horrific television with animals cruelly slaughtered.
The vision was traumatic, numbing stuff… No wonder the industry immediately suspended the supply of Australian cattle to Indonesia ahead of the programme airing.
Four Corners also included damning criticism from US doctor of animal science Temple Grandin, who was the subject of an HBO biopic after revolutionising practices for the humane handling of livestock on cattle ranches.
The issue even spilled over into Q & A and on Twitter last night the subject was trending with many calling for the government to ban live exports:
BondiVet: That was the most confronting hour of tv I’ve ever seen. Things must change. #4corners
molluscan: Those poor animals, they were watching terrified as others were tortured and cut up in front of them #4corners
catsman09: i cant watch anymore of this #4corners this is sad
abbotsfordkitch: Disturbing stuff on #4corners. Hard to watch. But we need to know what goes on.
EmilyPecky: This is just heartbreaking #4corners #banliveexport
GoMarz72: Why has it been allowed to go on for so long? Where have you been? #RSPCA #banliveexport
AnthonyLoConte: #4corners you had me walk out of the lounge room.
RockBub11: Watched as much as I could of #4corners but couldn’t keep going. I think I just became vegetarian.
damo0010: Sick 2 my stomach over the footage on #4corners 2night. Denial is not an option in the face of such suffering. Stop the trade NOW!
JenesseNg: Agreed. Movement for change #LiveExport RT @BondiVet: That was the most confronting hour of tv I’ve ever seen. Things must change #4corners