Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Australia suspends cattle exports to Egypt over 'cruelty'

This is very embarassing news. Cattle are mistreated in Egypt. If humans are mistreated, why not animals?

"Australia has annnounced a temporary ban on the export of live cattle to Egypt while claims of cruelty in abattoirs there are investigated.

The suspension came as commercial television broadcast footage said to show cattle suffering serious mistreatment.

Animal welfare group Animals Australia said it had been involved in the investigation and hailed the suspension of the trade, saying "extreme acts of cruelty' had been documented in what it called Cairo's main abattoir, Bassatin"


At 7:11 AM, Blogger Superluli said...

Do you see the horses on the streets, they are starving, you could see their ribs!
and their owners abuse them so badly.
It's sad, but the problem is that when the owner has limited money he will prioritize his children over his horse.
But that doesn't explain the cruelty in treatment

it's disturbing and upseting

At 12:14 PM, Blogger Freedom for Egyptians said...

The problem is that we do not correct ourselves, others step in to correct us. Australia is sending an investigator to check on us to decide on our cruel behavior.

At 4:42 PM, Anonymous Esben said...

"we do not correct ourselves, others step in to correct us."
That's what's called "foreign policy" in the West. And the ME doesn't even seem to appreciate it :-)

At 6:13 PM, Blogger Freedom for Egyptians said...


I like your "foreign policy" but also your smart comment :)

At 5:33 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


What you are describing is not what I would call 'foreign policy' but 'multilateralism'.

At 6:32 PM, Anonymous Esben said...

..."multilateralism"...had to look that one up.

I _was_ joking about "foreign policy"

Kofi Annan stated -very diplomatically - that this cartoon business may not have been the smartest thing to come out of Denmark.

Some of the names he's been called by Danish nationalist on the usenet, are better left untranslated.

We humans just won't learn, do we ?

At 9:45 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

During my lifetime, I have seen the advances made by the human race in many areas, and the general concern for minimizing suffering to animals is in my opinion, a sign of progress.

(I also hasten to admit that progress is not constant, and not uniform).

At 6:58 AM, Anonymous DragonflyLizzie said...

Excuse me, as an Australian and with an agricultural background, I must comment.

Let's not sidestep a very serious issue here. This isn't about "correcting Egypt", this is about putting a stop to cruelty and sadism. And, to me, the country is irrelevant. For someone to condone animal cruelty speaks volumes about a nation or a person, whichever the case may be.

There is extensive footage - which was partly shown on Australian tv - that showed cattle at one stage being led in, stabbed in the eyes then having the tendons in their back legs cut. Others were beaten as they fell. None of the holding pens had been used and there was no attempt to make the animal comfortable. And they tried to tell us this was halal.

Is this really halal? Do Egyptians condone this? Does this peaceful religion that I recognise as Islam *really* sanction abject cruelty towards defenceless beasts that serve to feed Egyptians?

I'm not here to scold. I just wanted to state the facts and the facts can be further viewed on this site.
and http://www.animalsaustralia.org

Please be careful, though. The footage is not censored and is very distressing.

For the record, I support trade with Egypt but I am actively lobbying to have the live export of animals banned because there *are* better ways to process meat and do so as halal demands. In this context, I am also appealing to Brazil to address their exporting agreements with Egypt as well.

I love Egypt but this isn't about Egypt, it's about sadistic, sick men who get their deplorable thrills from suffering.

And yet their practices are a huge indictment on Egypt and cast a very dark pall over the country. I truly hope that Egyptians will rise up and make commentary about this. It really needs to be said. Will you act?

Thank you for reading.
Love your blog, btw.

At 11:31 AM, Anonymous Ludivine said...

Thank you for your great blog. I read these awful news about torture on sheeps and cattles. I am really shocked and sad. I cannot understand why some people are able to have such idea to stabbe animals in the eyes and slashe their tendons to be sure they would not run away... This is one of the bigger torture on animals I have never saw in my life.
I would like to thank you to talk about this subject and to make people aware.
Best regards,


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