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Australia Qld horse abattoir may face criminal probe

01:50  21 october  2019
01:50  21 october  2019 Source:   msn.com

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An investigation into the slaughter of former racehorses at a Queensland abattoir could become a criminal investigation, the Queensland government says.© AAP Images An investigation into the slaughter of former racehorses at a Queensland abattoir could become a criminal investigation, the Queensland government says.

Biosecurity officers have inspected a Queensland abattoir at the centre of a racehorse cruelty scandal but no charges have been laid so far.

Officers examined the Meramist Abattoir at Caboolture on Friday after the ABC 7.30 program aired distressing footage of some staff beating, shocking, and screaming abuse at former racehorses before they were slaughtered.

Queensland Agriculture Minister Mark Furner says no charges have been laid as far as he's aware, but he will receive a full briefing on Monday.

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  Calls for national registry in wake of slaughterhouse investigation Racing authorities have strongly condemned "horrific images" presented by the ABC following a two-year investigation, which alleges hundreds of Australian racehorses are being sent to the knackery, where they are subjected to inhumane treatment. Racing Australia's official data claims around 34 horses every year end up at slaughterhouses - a figure amounting to less than one per cent of retiring racehorses, claims the ABC.However, the national broadcaster says a two-year investigation, culminating in a report that aired on yesterday's edition of 7.30, shows the number is much higher.

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"I'm not going to go into too much detail on the investigation because it could very well turn out to be a criminal investigation for alleged breaches of the Animal Care and Protection Act."

Mr Furner revealed the abattoir, which exports horse meat, has been investigated in the past over complaints about the transport of horses to the site but no formal breaches were identified.

He said he was aware of reports about a neighbour complaining to the local council about the frantic sound of terrified horses being brought to the plant late at night.

"If those complaints were made to the Moreton Bay Regional Council why didn't they pass them on to the likes of Biosecurity Queensland?"

The minister has written to federal Agriculture Minister Bridget McKenzie seeking answers, including whether an appointed vet was present when the killings occurred, as required under federal regulations.

"What we really want to find out is what's happening inside the abattoir when these beautiful horses are slaughtered," he said.

He said he'd also put the issue on the agenda when Senator McKenzie meets with state and territory agriculture ministers in Melbourne on Friday.

AAP is seeking comment from the abattoir, and the council.

Interview with a kill buyer: how racehorses end up as meat .
He is known as the kill buyer, but Peter Loffel prefers the term horse trader. He buys direct from the racing industry and trucks to the Caboolture knackery.He is known as a kill buyer, although he prefers the term horse trader. He buys horses no one wants and trucks them to a place no horse wants to end up - the Meramist abattoir featured in last week’s 7.30 expose on ABC.

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