The Australasian Meat Industry Employees Union has condemned the live export trade as a barbaric practice that not only brutalises Australian livestock but puts the health and safety of meatworkers in developing countries at risk.
This follows the video released last week showing Australian animals being brutally killed in Vietnam by sledgehammering.
Union national secretary Graham Smith said the images shown were abhorrent and went against the very core of the industry’s values.
‘‘There is simply no reason animals need to be virtually bludgeoned to death in a way that would be not only extremely distressing for the animals, but also unsafe for workers involved,” Mr Smith said.
‘‘Since the show aired, I’ve been inundated with calls from meatworkers across the country determined to express their outrage at what they saw.
‘‘The dark side of live exports is not limited to concerns around animal welfare.
‘‘Last night Australians caught a glimpse of the dirty, decrepit and downright dangerous conditions in which Vietnamese meatworkers are forced to earn a living.’’