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Calf in Holding Pens - Australian slaughterhouses report killing around 500,000 unwanted dairy calves each year.

Delivered the day or night before they are to be killed, calves are unloaded into pens at the door of the killroom. They are lead down a narrow path to where they will be stunned. At only a few days old, they have often been without food for a long time, and almost always have trouble walking and standing through this process. As a result, to move them along the system they are often shoved or even thrown from section to section.

Once in position, an apparatus made of two conveyor belts holds and traps their bodies. A worker then stuns them and another kills them.

The method of stunning is that of either captive bolt (or ‘percussion stunning’), or electrocution. A bolt gun is a hand-held tool that is either penetrative or non penetrative. The penetrative version shoots a metal pole into the animal’s head and then retracts back into the gun to use on the next calf. A non-penetrative bolt gun has a broader impact point so that it does not break the skin but hits the animal in the head with such intense impact so as to cause concussion.

Electrocution is done by passing electricity through the brain of the animal. This is done with a human-operated machine placing two electrodes on either side of the brain and releasing an electric shock or two electrically-charged spears that are shoved into the back of the heads of the animals. Hidden camera footage investigations have found that this can be done incorrectly, leaving the animal fully aware. In an attempt to ensure it is effective, it can also be seen to be done multiple times with ineffective attempts endured by the conscious animal. Additionally, the spears have been seen to be so intense so as to cause the skin of the animal to burn with clouds of smoke coming from the machine. The fast-pace nature of this process makes ensuring effective stunning impossible.

Next, they have their throats cut to bleed out and eventually, cause death.

Could you do this to him? When we pay for dairy, we pay someone else to do that to him.

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Calf in Holding Pens

Australian slaughterhouses report killing around 500,000 unwanted dairy calves each year.

Delivered the day or night before they are to be killed, calves are unloaded into pens at the door of the killroom. They are lead down a narrow path to where they will be stunned. At only a few days old, they have often been without food for a long time, and almost always have trouble walking and standing through this process. As a result, to move them along the system they are often shoved or even thrown from section to section.

Once in position, an apparatus made of two conveyor belts holds and traps their bodies. A worker then stuns them and another kills them.

The method of stunning is that of either captive bolt (or ‘percussion stunning’), or electrocution. A bolt gun is a hand-held tool that is either penetrative or non penetrative. The penetrative version shoots a metal pole into the animal’s head and then retracts back into the gun to use on the next calf. A non-penetrative bolt gun has a broader impact point so that it does not break the skin but hits the animal in the head with such intense impact so as to cause concussion.

Electrocution is done by passing electricity through the brain of the animal. This is done with a human-operated machine placing two electrodes on either side of the brain and releasing an electric shock or two electrically-charged spears that are shoved into the back of the heads of the animals. Hidden camera footage investigations have found that this can be done incorrectly, leaving the animal fully aware. In an attempt to ensure it is effective, it can also be seen to be done multiple times with ineffective attempts endured by the conscious animal. Additionally, the spears have been seen to be so intense so as to cause the skin of the animal to burn with clouds of smoke coming from the machine. The fast-pace nature of this process makes ensuring effective stunning impossible.

Next, they have their throats cut to bleed out and eventually, cause death.

Could you do this to him? When we pay for dairy, we pay someone else to do that to him.

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Uploaded: Tue 14 May 2019 by Bear Witness Australia
Captured: 2017
Location: SA, Australia
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