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Riverside Meats Abattoir

Goulburn Road, Echuca VIC 3564, Australia
Name: Riverside Meats Abattoir
Address: Goulburn Road, Echuca VIC 3564, Australia
Summary:

New footage taken by hidden cameras inside Riverside Meats Abattoir, Echuca VIC, was released by Animals Australia in late 2016, 3 years after the facility was first exposed. Victims of horrific abuse include bobby calves ('waste products' of the dairy industry), goats, sheep, cows and pigs. 

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Last known status: Open and operating
Updated: 23 Nov 2016
Coordinates: -36.128769, 144.774704
ID: 12eb9

Exposed again by Animals Australia in November 2016: www.animalsaustralia.org/features/they-stabbed-babies. New hidden camera footage shows horrific abuse to bobby calves ('waste products' of the dairy industry), goats, sheep, cows and pigs. 

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Footage taken by hidden cameras inside Riverside Meats Abattoir, Echuca VIC, was anonymously provided to Animals Australia in early 2013.

The footage depicts young calves being pushed, shocked with electric prods, hit and dragged up a metal ramp to be slaughtered; "waste products" of the dairy industry. Some, too weak to stand, are thrown into the slaughter chute. Over 700000 calves are killed each year at around 5 days old so that their mothers can continue producing milk to be sold to consumers.

Upon receiving the footage, Animals Australia lodged a formal complaint with the Department of Primary Industries (DPI) for breaches of Victorian animal cruelty laws and the illegal use of an electric prod on a calf. A formal complaint was also lodged with PrimeSafe for breaches of the Australian Standards governing welfare at abattoirs; PrimeSafe ordered the practices cease immediately. Investigations have now concluded - incredibly, no charges have been laid. Instead, the abattoir owners and several workers were issued with formal warnings by DPI.