Graphic sheep cruelty in Turkish abattoirs, not everyone cares

Footage of Australian sheep tethered by a leg and flailing before their throats were cut and others left alive staggering with knife wounds in Turkish abattoirs has been aired by activists.

Animals Australia filmed cows, in an abattoir where Australian cattle are slaughtered, strung up by a leg, writhing, with their throats only partially slit.

Video Clip: Turkish Abbatoirs Live Export Cruelty Footage |

Lyn White recorded the images in one of Turkey‘s largest cities in late July and earlier this month and released footage at parliament house this morning.

One sheep’s neck was simply stabbed at by an abattoir worker at a facility which did pass Australian export standards because its animals are not tethered by the leg and strung up alive.

Sheep were left crouching on metal runners, slowly bleeding to death.

Another sheep, unable to stand on its front legs, was grabbed by a worker and tied by its back leg to be put on a conveyor belt to slaughter workers.

Read more: Animals Australia footage shows graphic images of sheep suffering in Turkish abattoir | 

However, despite the graphic cruelty on display, it is quite clear many – perhaps the majority – of Australians, simply don’t care:

Jason of QLD Posted at 1:14 PM August 18, 2011

Here we go again. Banning exports won’t change stop this from happening, all it does is ruin farming businesses. If you bleeding hearts really wanted this to stop, you would rally in the streets of Turkey and Indonesia and try to change attitudes there. Banning live exports hurts us, not them. Secondly, cast your mind back to the recent live export cattle ban and note now that many of these so-called “saved” animals are dying of starvation on farms because there is nothing to feed them. Wonderful outcome I’d say…

Richie Valens of Canberra Posted at 1:14 PM August 18, 2011

I don’t see what the problem is and why everyone has to be so ‘PC’ about the killing sheep to put on a plate.

Joe of Brisbane Posted at 1:15 PM August 18, 2011

Great, lets kill another Australian industry by banning exports too. Thinking about it, we should just ban the meat industry all together as it’s cruel, the mining industry while we are at it and anything else which can be considered cruel or environmentally unfriendly. Oh wait, no jobs or income left to sustain the country? Well I guess the Greens policy just failed!!!!!!!!!!!!

Peter of Melbourne Posted at 1:17 PM August 18, 2011

How much more damage does Labor want to do to Australia? Banning live cattle export was the first step, banning live sheep export will ruin so many more farmers and will cut millions from the Australian economy.

John Jones of Toowoomba Posted at 1:19 PM August 18, 2011

Why are these “activists” whingeing and moaning to Australia?? The sheep and cattle have been sold to the countries involved and are therefore their problem. Why don’t they take their complaints to those countries who are mistreating the animals??? ANSWER- they don’t have the intestinal fortitude to do so. Like all serial moaners, they pick the soft targets and would never dare to direct the complaints to those who are considered hard targets. What they should do is go to Turkey, Indonesia and the other countries and try to get the animals treated humanely. You would at least earn a little respect maybe!!

Developing Countries are Behind we were no better, of Melbourne Posted at 1:19 PM August 18, 2011

I would be very skeptical about the videos, as after all, it is innate to know that harming an animal is bad. I wouldn’t be surprised if people were paid to do this. And finally, we were no better 100-200 years ago, these third world and developing countries are simply behind. Why not spend money helping the countries raped by the West to not only educate against animal cruetly but to help their quality of life.

Maddie of Sydney Posted at 1:21 PM August 18, 2011

There are worse things in the world, like the starving AFRICANS.

JamesIH of Noble Park Posted at 1:22 PM August 18, 2011

Meh, they are animals. I enjoy eating them no matter how they have been killed. Let’s concentrate on real issues that actually affect humans, like the food crisis in Africa and finding a cure for diseases like Diabetes, Cancer AIDS etc. Seriously people, get your priorities in order!

I encourage you to have your say below, regardless of your stance. I’m sure if sheep could type, they’d want their opinion herd. (Sorry, had to do it)

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7 Comments on “Graphic sheep cruelty in Turkish abattoirs, not everyone cares”

  1. Jenni Rooney
    September 4, 2011 at 7:53 am #

    The most frustrating thing is most Australians do care..Its the ones who are making the money out of this heinous business that are bleating louder than the poor sheep & other animals that are dying in the most hideous of circumstance.
    There is no respect paid to these animals that are dying to provide humans with food, I am sometimes so ashamed to be part of the human race. We should be grateful and give these animals dignity in death..if that cant be guaranteed in foreign countries all meat should be processed in Australia & exported frozen. That in itself would provide more employment & business opportunities.

  2. dawn
    December 14, 2011 at 3:21 am #

    what is it with sick fucked up humans about i dont care i just want to eat meat you should be ashamed god now i know why i feel sick to the stomach to be called a human being every one should care if you want to eat animals the least you can do is make sure they are not treated like they are worthless no wonder we get diasters in the world gods punishment for all the cruel things we do to animals i couldnt care less if the world ended tomorrow we deserve all we get.

  3. Kevin
    March 25, 2012 at 2:42 pm #

    I also would not care if your world ended tomorrow as you are shit stirrer in my opinion
    And Farmers don’t néed the people like you trying to send us broke
    So go some where else and fuck up your life, leave us alone

  4. Kevin
    March 25, 2012 at 4:48 pm #

    Comment posted March 25 2012 at 2.42pm
    Open for comment

  5. Kevin
    March 25, 2012 at 4:57 pm #

    Please if your so worried about China please go and live there and see how
    you get on. Then maybe you may appreciate the Australian way of life

  6. Kevin
    March 27, 2012 at 10:20 pm #


    I haven’t heard back from you as yet to reply to my email sent on the weekend

    I guess you,ll reply during working hours at some one

    Expense as you probally enjoy your weekends

    Regards Kevin


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