10 Jun '11, 8am

Indonesia president orders abattoir investigation

Indonesia president orders abattoir investigation

Indonesian workers unload Australian cattle from a ship in Jakarta. -- PHOTO: AFP JAKARTA - INDONESIAN President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Friday ordered an investigation of slaughterhouses as he sought to ensure meat supplies after Australia suspended live cattle exports due to animal cruelty concerns. 'We have to highly respect animal welfare. The agriculture minister and health minister must visit the abattoirs,' he told reporters at a news conference. Australia on Wednesday suspended all live cattle exports to Indonesia for up to six months after a public outcry when shocking images of mistreatment in the country's slaughterhouses were broadcast on state television. The footage broadcast by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation included kicking, hitting, gouging of eyes and breaking of tails of some animals as Indonesian workers attempted to force them into slaught...

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