Gundul Update 19/10/12 – She Has Now Been Rescued.

Our recent posts on Gundul:


Sat Oct 20, 2012 12:12 am (PDT) .

BOS Foundation Assists BKSDA on Gundul’s Case
19, October 2012

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Tenggarong, East Kalimantan, October 19, 2012. On Thursday October 18, 2012,
the Borneo Orangutan Survival (BOS) Foundation was requested by the East
Kalimantan Conservation and Natural Resources Authority (BKSDA) to provide
medical services, health checks and blood sampling at the East Kalimantan
BKSDA Office in Samarinda for one adult female orangutan who had just been
rescued by BKSDA.

Gundul when she first arrived at the office of Conservation and Natural
Resources Authority (BKSDA) in Samarinda, East Kalimantan

The female orangutan named Gundul who we were previously informed to be 21
years old had recently become a hot topic on various channels of
internet-based social media. It was reported that the orangutan was kept in
dreadful condition and chained by her owner near a dumpster in a village in
Samarinda. It was also stated that Gundul suffered from malnutrition because
she was not fed properly and was often seen scavenging the nearby dumpster.

Based on that information, BKSDA followed up by rescuing Gundul and planned
to later submit her to a conservation agency in West Kutai Regency, PT.
Satwa Gunung Bayan Lestari (SGBL). But considering the long trip to West
Kutai that would take around 7-8 hours, BKSDA decided to first transport
Gundul to the office of BKSDA Area II in Tenggarong where she could rest
overnight and her health could be fully assessed.

Transit enclosures at BKSDA Area II Tenggarong Office where Gundul (left)
and Joko (ringt) spent one night last night

This morning, Friday October 19, 2012, the BOS Foundation Medical Team led
by veterinarian Agus Irwanto conducted a thorough medical examination on
Gundul. After she was sedated, vet Irwanto checked her teeth to determine
Gundul’s age. Her upper teeth showed M2 formation, whilst her lower teeth
showed M3 formation. “M2 and M3 refer to the order molar teeth start
growing. M2 formation indicates an age of 7 years and above, and M3
indicates an age of 13 years and above,” explained vet Agus. “So based on
the combination of these two formations, Gundul is estimated to be only
around 12-13 years old.”

Dental check on Gundul to determine her age

Thorough health check results also show that thankfully Gundul is in good
health. She is not malnourished and her hair is also in a good condition.
The BOS Foundation Medical Team did find light traces indicating that she
had been chained. However, she could not have been chained tightly and it
seems that she had only been chained recently, not over a long period of
time. She is emotionally stable, she is not aggressive and does not show
signs of trauma. Although the BOS Foundation do not condone the chaining of
orangutans in any situation, we are relieved that her condition was not as
serious as reported.

Mr. Ahmad Rivai who led the BKSDA Team today confirmed, “When we rescued
Gundul yesterday, we did find her on a long, loose chain which actually
allowed her to run around. In fact, when we arrived at the location, she was
playing in a tree.” This may explain why Gundul showed some signs of stress
when she was transferred into the transit enclosure in Tenggarong, as she is
not used to being in an enclosed space.

Health check on Gundul by BOSF Medical Team

This morning at around 8.30am local time, the BKSDA Team departed for West
Kutai to deliver Gundul to SGBL. The BOS Foundation Medical Team is
requested to accompany the BKSDA Team. Additionally, the BOS Foundation is
also providing transportation and logistics for the orangutan. The BOS
Foundation will equip both the BKSDA Team and SGBL with animal welfare
procedures, especially designed to accommodate orangutan welfare.

Gundul (left) and Joko (right) ready to be delivered to a conservation
organization in West Kutai, PT Satwa Gunung Bayan Lestari

In response to this event, the BOS Foundation CEO, Dr. Jamartin Sihite
commented, “As an organization struggling to rehabilitate orangutans and
return them to their natural habitat, the BOS Foundation has never even
thought of ignoring orangutans who are victimized by human-ape conflicts and
are waiting to be rescued.”

“However,” Dr. Sihite continued, “We must also be honest about our ability
and capacity, which currently are stretched to the maximum in terms of
enclosure availability, human resources, as well as funding and many other
factors. Forcing ourselves to rescue and take in an orangutan when these are
the circumstances will compromise the welfare of the entire orangutan
population currently under our care.”

Two BOS Foundation rehabilitation centers – Samboja Lestari in East
Kalimantan and Nyaru Menteng in Central Kalimantan – currently care for and
rehabilitate a total of 850 orangutans with the final aim to release them in
their natural habitat in a secure forest.

Furthermore, the government of Indonesia has also set a target for
rehabilitation centers in Indonesia to release all of the release-able
orangutans under their care by 2015. A target that appears difficult to
achieve if the number of orangutans victimized by human-ape conflicts
continues and exceeds rehabilitation centers’ ability to accommodate,
rehabilitate and release them.

In addition to delivering Gundul, BKSDA also rescued a healthy young male
orangutan found in Sebulu, named Joko. He is estimated to be around 5-6
years old and together with Gundul will be delivered to SGBL.

It is essential that financial support is now given – please help:

We are putting out a request for Orangutan help by way of the following:

Here is a link to the BOSF home page:

Here is a link to the BOSF donations page:

Alternatively, you could support their release programme. A donation can be made at::

Please give and donate whatever you can to help with rescue and keep projects.

‘Gundul’ Orangutan – Further Support For Shelters Required.

With regard our recent post re Gundul the Orangutan: 

it appears to have caused some reponses. There are a few things which we need to make clear.

Michelle states in her message to us:

“The sad reality at present is that rescue centres are over-subscribed and funds limited. Asking a rescue centre to take in more orangutans when these are the circumstances can put the entire population in the centre at risk. Such decisions to rescue or not to rescue are not taken lightly. Until significant funding can be raised, and more orangutans released, this is likely to remain the case for some time. So PLEASE do not imagine that the rescue centres lack compassion, PLEASE do not stop supporting them, and PLEASE give whatever you can to help them continue to do the amazing work they already do”.


We, as animal welfare campaigners would never stop asking people to support Orangutan welfare organisations – quite the opposite – they are in desperate need of funding, just like the organsisations we represent – ALL animal welfare groups are strapped for cash !.  We ask that people help them either with a donation or a yearly adoption; membership etc.  As a UK organisation, we support the Care for the Wild Orangutan adoption programme, as it operates from here in the UK.   We are ornagutan supporter people.

We are told – “People could write to the Indonesian authorities, or better still start a campaign”  It is not our position as a welfare organisation working to help strays in the Balkans to now start a campaign for Orangutans in Indonesia; this is the responsibility of others directly associated with this cause – especially the major (animal welfare) organisations who dominate their web pages with ‘Donate now’ and ‘Give Monthly’ links; and who proudly show themselves as international charities with, in one case, offices in no less than 10 European countries, South Africa and the USA.

Some also claim to have ‘a team in Brussels who take part in relevant political decision-making processes’. They also ‘lobby and submit proposals to governments in individual countries where they can help improve national animal welfare laws’.  We suggest that these animal welfare organisations use their extensive supporter networks, extensive websites, extensive funds and their ‘political teams in Brussels’ to better highlight the suffering of Orangutans – that THEY get campaigns under way to further support this beautiful species by putting additional pressure on the Indonesian authorities.

We are told – “Should the Indonesian authorities not be paying more to organisations like BOS and encouraging visitors and tourists to visit and support their centres” ? – sure they should; without question.  This is where large funds and ‘expert campaigners’ from big animal welfare organisations (those with no less than 10 offices in the EU, South Africa and the USA) should possibly be looking at giving more priority to issues such as this; and supporting the extra publicity needed with funding donated by its members and supporters at the end of the day.

If the large animal welfare organisations with offices all over the world are going to take money from their members and supporters, then possibly this money or some of it, should be allocated to enhancing campaigning for orangutan protection.  Whilst we support the work of any animal welfare organisation, contact with supporters and providing feedback to them is one of the prime issues that should be considered.  From all of our mails relating to the issue of Gundul, which includes writing ourselves, if BOSFCEO Mr. Sihite even actually bothered to respond to peoples mails, then we would be seeing maybe some positive movement to help Gundul.  You have to ask yourself; do people want to put their cash and donations and support orgaisations which cannot even be bothered to respond to peoples concerns about any particular animal ? – we suggest not.

If BOSF CEO Mr. Sihite did respond to concerned people about issues, possibly by putting out a statement via all the global links he has, then he may find that he dramatically increases the support and possible funding that his organisation receives.  Giving people regular updates is a natural thing to keeping their support; ignoring them achieves nothing except helps to drive them and their support, and most importantly, their cash, elsewhere.  Take this point on board Mr. Sihite if you want donations from supporters; inform them; put out requests and info dealing with specific issues; don’t just ignore the concerns of concerned people.  We can guarantee you do not increase your supporter network by ignoring your supporters !

We are putting out a request for Orangutan help in Indonesia by way of the following:

Here is a link to the BOSF home page:

Here is a link to the BOSF donations page:

Alternatively, you could support their release programme. A donation can be made at::

It is clear that more sanctuary places are needed in Eastern Borneo. More people are required who are willing to dedicate their lives to saving these wonderful animals.  The people who work on the ground do what they can with resources they have, as we are only too aware.  As we have said above; one sometimes has to question where all the supporter money is going which is generously pumped into animal welfare organisations who have offices all over the world.  Does it go to the animals or elsewhere ?

We at SAV never ask you for your money – we do not have a ‘donation’ link or any ‘Give Monthly’ scheme; any money links on our site, as we wish all monies to go directly to helping animals.  Supporters are informed of different organisations undertaking different animal welfare work – they, and only them, then make a choice of how and where they invest their donations.  BOSF is one such organisation which we would give our full support to; and as such we ask that you, our supporters, consider them for future donations.  Only through supporting them can animals like grundul be helped at bigger and better sanctuaries in the future.

Nobody is saying that Orangutan rescue centre workers lack ciompassion; quite the opposite.  Experience with stray animal welfare work in the Balkans shows compassion is shown by anyone working with animals – tell us about it !

But supporter feedback and information supply is an essential part of the work – lose your feedback and info supply to supporters and you lose your supporters – simple as that.  No supporters = no donations to shelters and sanctuaries which very much need money.

End of this now; we will not be covering this issue any further – this issue is now for organisations directly associated with orangutan support.  They need to organise campaigns for orangutans – not stray animal groups in the UK trying to help street animals in the Balkans.  We are happy to promote their work on our site, but they have to do the groundwork for their issues.  And more importantly, they need to tell the world, not just ignore all the requests of concern from around the world !


Submitted on 2012/10/16 at 3:08 pm

Thank you for this balanced reply, and it is regrettable that BOS F felt unable to answer immediately.

They have today written to concerned supporters with nearly the same message that I put out: “Thank you for your concern for the orangutan, but please try to understand the sad reality at present is that our rescue centres are over-subscribed and funds limited.

Asking any of our rescue centres to take in more orangutans when these are the circumstances can put the entire population in the centre at risk. Such decisions to rescue or not to rescue are not taken lightly.

Until significant funding can be raised, and more orangutans released, this is likely to remain the case for some time.

So PLEASE do not imagine that we lack compassion, PLEASE do not stop supporting us, and PLEASE give whatever you can to help us continue to do the work we do.
Thank you.

Thank you everyone for caring for animals, wherever they are.





Vietnam: Animals Asia’s Bear Sanctuary Faces Eviction in Vietnam – Take Action Now – Sample Letter Below.

We’ve had some shocking news. After working so hard over so many years to build a world-class sanctuary for the bears rescued from Vietnam’s bile farms, we are being asked to leave.

On Friday 5 October, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) informed Animals Asia that the Ministry of Defence had issued an order to evict the entire sanctuary operation and its 104 rescued bears. There is no justification for this.

It’s believed the park director, Do Dinh Tien, lobbied the Ministry of Defence to evict Animals Asia, so he can hand the land to Truong Giang Tam Dao Joint Stock Company, of which his daughter is part-owner. The company intends to build commercial property including a tourist park and hotels.

The closure would see 104 bears that have been rescued from the bile industry evicted, 77 local Vietnamese staff made unemployed, and financial losses to Animals Asia of more than US$2 million.

After years of trauma from being locked up in small cages and milked for their bile, our bears are now enjoying dens, enclosures and friends to play with. These bears will be forced to return to cages to be relocated. This will have a major negative impact on their mental and physical well-being. It is likely to take at least two years to establish a new centre with outdoor enclosures.

What we’re doing

We’re fighting this eviction notice every step of the way, appealing directly to the Vietnamese authorities, enlisting help from the international community, the media and other NGOs. But most of all we need your help.

 How you can help

Please write to the Prime Minister of Vietnam, and appeal to him to allow Animals Asia’s Vietnam bear sanctuary, which he previously approved and endorsed, to continue operations, and expand, in line with the government’s original agreement.

1. Email Prime Minister Mr Nguyen Tan Dung

Alternatively, to mail/fax the Prime Minister click here

2. Sign our online petition

3. Spread the word

Email your friends

Share it on facebook

Tweet the following or a similar message:
Save Animals Asia’s Vietnam Sanctuary #StopTheEviction

*** SAMPLE LETTER *** to Copy and Send (By Diana)

Email Prime Minister Mr Nguyen Tan Dung

Alternatively, to mail/fax the Prime Minister click here


Nguyễn Tấn Dũng, Prime Minister
Socialist Republic of Vietnam
Office of the State
1 Bach Thao
Hanoi, Vietnam

Dear Honourable Prime Minister Nguyễn Tấn Dũng,

I would like to plead for the preservation of the Moon Bear Sanctuary established by Animals Asia at the Dao National Park, as per the agreement between your government and Animals Asia in 2005.

Apparently, the Ministry of Defence has declared the area of “national defence significance” and that is given as the official reason. However, the management of the Tam Dao National park seems to have an active interest in developing this land into an “eco tourism park” with hotels, and I am sure you agree that an area considered of “national defence significance” – if that were the case – should not at the same time be turned into an “eco” merry-go-round for affluent holiday makers.

So something, clearly, is amiss here.

If the erection of a holiday village does not collide with national security, then surely the established sanctuary does not either.

And there is really no reason why the two could not exist – and fruitfully so – side by side.

I am sure a compromise could be found, without going through with this eviction of the sanctuary, and the bears, which, after all, would be in direct violation of the Vietnam government’s agreement with Animals Asia, to develop a rescue centre on 12 hectares of the park that would permanently rehabilitate and house 200 endangered bears rescued from the illegal bear bile industry.

The closure of this facility, erected with so many people’s donations and good wishes, would mean abject misery for 104 rescued bears, send 77 Vietnamese staff into unemployment, and deplete Animals Asia’s much-needed funds by some US$2 million.

I beg you urgently therefore to reconsider and make sure your government’s agreement with Animals Asia, and the bears, is honoured.

Thank you.

Yours sincerely,


Your Name and nationality


USA: ‘Mercy For Animals’ Undercover Expose Major Animal Abuses At ‘Burger King’.

The following is just one reason why ‘Ag Gag’ should never have been allowed ! – this is what US politicians who support Ag Gag don’t want you to see –

Congratulations ‘Mercy For Animals’ – great expose.          SAV.


*** WARNING *** – Extreme Animal Suffering Shown in Video Footage on the Following Link:

Are your Burger King purchases funding horrific animal abuse? A new Mercy For Animals investigation reveals sadistic animal abuse at a major Burger King dairy supplier in Idaho that has led to three workers being charged with cruelty to animals.

This undercover investigation documented:

Workers and management viciously beating and shocking cows and violently twisting their tails in order to deliberately inflict pain

Workers and management repeatedly shocking a downed cow and then dragging her by her neck using a chain attached to a tractor

Extremely unsafe and unsanitary conditions, including feces covered floors that cause cows to regularly slip, fall, and injure themselves

Sick or injured cows suffering from open wounds, broken bones and infected udders left to suffer without proper veterinary care

More Information

In August 2012, an undercover investigator with Mercy For Animals documented heartbreaking animal abuse at Bettencourt Dairies, a major Burger King dairy supplier, including:

Workers and management viciously beating, kicking, punching, and shocking cows and violently twisting their tails in order to deliberately inflict pain

Workers and management dragging a downed cow by her neck using a chain attached to a tractor

Extremely unsafe and unsanitary conditions, including feces-covered floors that cause cows to regularly slip, fall, and injure themselves

Sick or injured cows suffering from open wounds, broken bones, and infected udders left to suffer without proper veterinary care.

Expert Opinions

After reviewing the undercover footage, Dr. Temple Grandin, the world’s leading expert in farmed-animal welfare, stated: “The atrocious treatment of cows at this dairy is an indicator of a total lack of management supervision.”

In a joint statement, Dr. Bernard Rollin, a distinguished professor of animal sciences at Colorado State University, and William Wailes, a dairy specialist and head of the Department of Animal Sciences at Colorado State University, declared: “Of the dozens of such videos that we have watched, this one was the most horrific and the most upsetting. … Never have we seen such outright sadistic pleasure taken by workers in animal suffering.”

Ditch Dairy

Far from leading the carefree lives portrayed in the dairy industry’s “happy cow” commercials, cows exploited and killed for Burger King’s cheese endure lives of near constant misery and deprivation.

Treated as mere milk-producing machines, these intelligent and social animals suffer almost unimaginable abuse from the time they are born and ripped from their mothers’ sides until they are so physically worn out from repeated pregnancies and constant milk production that they are sold for slaughter.

Although horrific cruelty and violence are standard practice for Burger King’s cheese suppliers, caring consumers can help end the needless suffering of cows and other farmed animals by choosing any number of healthy and humane plant-based alternatives to milk, cheese, and ice cream. Visit to learn more.

Act Now

Ditch Dairy! – Every time we sit down to eat, we can choose compassion over cruelty. Adopting a diet free of dairy-as well as meat and eggs-is perhaps the single most important and powerful action you can take to prevent needless cruelty to animals.

Visit for helpful tips, recipes, and more information about choosing healthy and humane plant- based alternatives to milk, cheese, and ice cream.

Tell Burger King to Stop Torturing Cows – Urge Burger King to immediately implement meaningful animal welfare standards that prohibit dairy suppliers from kicking, punching, and shocking cows, dragging and abusing “downed” cows, and painfully cutting off cows’ tails, and to require facilities to provide a safe, clean, and sanitary environment for cattle.


Sender           Mercy For Animals

Subject           MFA Investigation Sends Shock Waves Through Dairy Industry – Prompts Historic Change

Date                11.10.2012 14:12

Dear Friend,

A breaking Mercy For Animals investigation of Bettencourt Dairies  – a cheese supplier to Burger King – was shown on news outlets across the country and overseas yesterday, exposing millions to the harsh reality of abuse inflicted upon animals imprisoned by the dairy industry.

Our hidden cameras revealed workers viciously beating cows, and repeatedly shocking a downed cow and dragging her by her neck, and sick and injured cows suffering from open wounds, broken bones, and infected udders left to suffer without proper veterinary care.

As a result of our video, three workers—including a manager of the dairy—have been charged with criminal cruelty to animals.

But that is not all.

The corporations buying products from Bettencourt have taken notice! Our investigation has prompted Kraft to ban the cruel and unnecessary practice of tail docking from its supply chain.

This is historic news.

Kraft now stands as the first major corporation to require a mandatory phase-out of this abhorrent practice that causes immeasurable and lifelong suffering to dairy cows.

And, in a statement issued yesterday, Wendy’s announced that it intends to sever all ties with Bettencourt Dairies after being “appalled by the images depicted in the video.”

At MFA, we believe that all animals deserve to live lives free from harm and suffering. So we continue to take on multibillion-dollar industries that profit off the abuse of animals—and we win.

With your help MFA will continue to seek justice for those who suffer in silence behind the locked doors of factory farms.

Your contributions allow MFA to continue to send our brave undercover investigators into America’s factory farms and capture on hidden camera the despicable truths that animal abuse industries work so diligently to hide. Our work in corporate outreach and legal advocacy builds on our investigations and wages wars against cruel factory farms that result in critical and groundbreaking change for farmed animals.

Please lend your support and be a voice for innocent, suffering, sentient beings like the dairy cows of Bettencourt Dairies, who rely on MFA’s lifesaving work.


Independent, nationally and world-renowned academic and professional experts in farmed animal welfare and veterinary medicine reviewed the video footage from MFA’s undercover investigation. Below are some of their statements:

Temple Grandin, PhD, PAS

Dr. Grandin is considered the world’s leading expert on farmed-animal welfare. She is an associate professor of livestock behavior at Colorado State University and an animal welfare advisor to the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the meat industry. In response to this investigation, Dr. Grandin states:

I watched the dairy video and the abuse of the downed cow with electric prods and dragging with the tractor was horrific animal abuse. If this abusive treatment had occurred at a slaughter plant, the plant would have been shut down by the USDA. The employees were constantly beating and kicking animals as hard as they could. The atrocious treatment of cows at this dairy is an indicator of a total lack of management supervision.

Bernard E. Rollin, PhD

Dr. Rollin is a distinguished professor of animal sciences at Colorado State University and is well known internationally for his over 30 years of work in animal welfare. He was a major architect of federal laws protecting laboratory animals, and has written two books on farmed-animal welfare. He serves on the Pew Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production and is an expert witness on animal welfare issues in the United States and abroad.

William Wailes, BS

Mr. Wailes is an extension dairy specialist for the Department of Animal Sciences at Colorado State University. He is also an internationally renowned dairy expert, who has owned and been involved with dairy farms all of his life.

A joint statement by Dr. Rollin and Mr. Wailes states:

Never have we seen such outright sadistic pleasure taken by workers in animal suffering, including gratuitous shocking of the cows (quintessentially sweet and gentle creatures); dragging them with chains; and in what is arguably the worst sequence, one worker savagely beating the cows with a cane, while laughing and screaming maniacally.

The overall impression is of a Hieronymous Bosch vision of hell for cows. The physical conditions, flooded walkways and slick footing, completely replicate the uncaring attitude of owners and managers, as do the docked tails of the cows, a procedure now recognized as useless, painful, and stressful.

[T]he only way to stop such outrageous behavior is to serve notice that society will not tolerate it. This means…that not only sadistic workers must be prosecuted and serve jail time, but so too the owners and managers, since they clearly demonstrated that the normal human motivations of animal productivity and economic returns do not move them.

Debra Teachout, DVM, MVSc

Dr. Teachout is a practicing veterinarian who graduated from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. She also holds an advanced degree in veterinary clinical pathology from Western College of Veterinary Medicine and has completed additional coursework in farmed-animal welfare. Dr. Teachout states:

In this video the animal handling is so brutal and callous in its obvious intent to cause pain, fear and injury, that it is frankly astonishing and disturbing. The conduct of the workers toward the cows is deplorable.

The observed culture of cruelty at this farm has obviously been allowed to flourish for so long, brutality has become the norm. These cows are serving as targets of vicious intent to harm in a management system that is either absent or complicit in a facility culture that exudes violence and abuse. The cows on this farm are suffering from pain, injury and fear. Their welfare has not only been ignored, it has been threatened by abusive personnel and filthy unsafe living conditions. I have rarely seen such brutal treatment of farm animals, and this farm must be shut down immediately. Those responsible for the cruel treatment of these cows must be held accountable and prosecuted to the full extent of the law. They should also never be allowed to be responsible for or work around animals again.

Armaiti May, DVM, CVA

Dr. May is a practicing veterinarian with experience treating farmed animals, who received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from U.C. Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 2005. Dr. May states:

The level of disregard for animals shown and the dangerous conditions at this facility are outrageously appalling. My overall impression is that the facility where this footage was taken is that it lacks regard for basic welfare of animals in its care and does not have proper supervision of its workers. In addition, there are poor sanitation practices and unsafe working conditions which endanger both human and animal health and safety. I recommend that charges of animal cruelty be brought against the workers involved and that the farm be shut down for cruel treatment of animals and lack of proper oversight of its workers.

Jonathan Balcombe, PhD

Dr. Balcombe is an ethologist with bachelors and masters degrees in biology, and a doctorate in animal behavior from the University of Tennessee. He is the author of four books on animal behavior, as well as more than 40 book chapters and peer-reviewed journal papers. Dr. Balcombe states:

This footage shows grossly negligent and savagely cruel treatment of dairy cows by workers. The conditions are treacherously slippery, leading to injuries, downed cows, and workers who beat and torment the animals to try to get them to move. This is a concentration camp for miserable cows. It is totally unacceptable. The operation should be shut down immediately and the workers charged with animal cruelty.

Lee Schrader, DVM

Dr. Schrader is a practicing veterinarian, who obtained her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Schrader has over 35 years of experience working with animals, particularly animals with serious, difficult-to-diagnose disorders. Dr. Schrader states:

The brutality and viciousness of the workers in this facility toward the cows is stunning. The animals are electrically shocked, beaten with canes, kicked and jumped on, and subjected to aggressive extension of their tails, resulting in signs of severe pain and fear in the cows. … The treatment of these cows is sadistic and unconscionable.

The treatment of these cows is brutally inhumane. The workers are cruel and obviously do not know how to handle cattle correctly. The filthy, wet barn results in severe stress and injuries to the cows. This facility should be closed immediately.

Australia: Australia to Protest Live Export Ahead of Islamic Slaughter.



Animals Australia:


 Australia to protest live export ahead of Islamic slaughter

Hannah Johansen | 3 October 2012

SYDNEY: With hundreds of thousands of animals expected to be slaughtered across the Islamic world later this month, and many of the cows and sheep coming from Australia in live export vessels, Australian activists are to take to the streets across the country to protest the government’s continued approval of the controversial practices.

Spearheaded by Animals Australia, the protests will be held in the cities of Melbourne , Sydney , Brisbane , Adelaide , Perth , Canberra and Hobart .

“If you care about animals and want to see them protected from cruelty, then please join us this Saturday as we rally side-by-side, right across the country, for an end to live export,” said Animals Australia in a press release announcing the protest to its followers.

It also comes on the heels of a report that live export sheep were clubbed to death and buried alive in Pakistan last month in what activists say was a “shocking incident.”

“These are the latest tragic results of a live export industry that sends animals to be killed in countries where there are no laws to protect them from cruelty,” said Animals Australia in a press statement.

“No politician can defend a trade that comes with the risk of animals being clubbed, stabbed, or buried alive. Enough is enough. Today, don’t let your MP off the hook,” the animal rights group added.

In revealing the terrible tragedy, Animals Australia urged Australian citizens to call on their representatives to push for an end to the live export trade.

Pakistani officials confirmed to on that they would go forward with the killing of more than 21,000 sheep despite Australian government assurances that the animals were safe to be slaughtered for food.

Australian diplomats have repeatedly urged Pakistan to stop the killings, saying the animals are not infected with disease.

Pakistan ordered the cull after the ship carrying the sheep had been turned away by the Bahraini government and tested positive for salmonella and actinomyces.

Australia’s High Commissioner to Pakistan Peter Heyward said he was “surprised and concerned” about the killings, as he argued the animals met the south Asian country’s health requirements for imported sheep and they posed “no human or animal health risks.”

Salmonella and actinomyces, he argued, “are part of normal gut flora and are present in livestock throughout the world, and in this form pose no threat to human health.”

In Pakistan , Karachi ’s top administrator Roshan Shaikh told reporters that the sheep killings would continue.

“There is no suspension in the process, as the bacterial presence in the animal is confirmed and we can’t put human life in danger in Pakistan ,” he said.

It comes after Egyptian officials refused to allow a shipment of young cows into the country last month from Brazil after officials in Cairo said the animals were infected with unknown hormones.

Over 32,000 cows were slaughtered as a result after being forced to remain at port for weeks, causing mass deaths on board the ships.

The stranded cows had made international headlines after first reported their situation on September 1, including a petition that was signed by over 25,000 people globally urging the Egyptian government to free the baby cows from their horrific conditions.

Background on Live Export

Live export from Brazil and Australia to the Islamic world is a controversial practice that sees thousands of animals crammed into small crates and transported by sea to their destination to be slaughtered for food.

According to the ministry, tests had been conducted to learn more about the potential carcinogen that had been given to the animals before they would be unloaded. Tests had reportedly been ongoing for the past month at a private lab in Egypt , but no results had been conclusive.

According to a al-Shorouk newspaper report, the animals are likely to remain in their confinement for a number of weeks more in order for further tests to take place.

Earlier this year, some 3,000 of the cows died on a ship destined for Egypt after the Egyptian government refused to allow the ship to dock at a Red Sea port.

They were slaughtered as a “precaution,” the ministry said, outraging a number of Egyptians.

Animals Australia , the leading organization reporting on the controversial live export trade to the Middle East and Southeast Asia , said the incident was among the worst the industry had witnessed in years.

Animals Australia ’s Campaign Director, Lyn White, said in a statement to that the ship was anchored at sea after being refused port in a number of countries, including Egypt , where the cattle were supposed to be offloaded.

It’s understood that ventilation problems on the converted livestock vessel, the MV Gracia Del Mar, had caused the deaths of more than half of the animals on board since the ship left South America for Egypt a few weeks ago. The ship was anchored in the Red Sea for weeks and saw more animals perish as a result.

“This is nothing short of an animal welfare disaster. If remaining cattle are not offloaded more of these animals will suffer appalling deaths at sea. We are appealing to authorities in Egypt to offload the remaining cattle at al-Sohkna, as was originally intended.

“This disaster is just another example of the inherent risks of transporting animals by sea. It was only nine years ago that 5,000 Australian sheep perished on board the MV Cormo Express after country after country refused to allow it to berth.

“And this isn’t the first time that mechanical issues have caused mass deaths on live export ships. We only need to look to the breakdown of the Al Messilah in Adelaide last year. Had that vessel broken down on the open ocean it would have caused a similar welfare catastrophe — as thousands of animals would have died.

“ Australia also exports cattle to Al Sohkna Livestock company in Egypt . Whilst we have an MoU with Egypt which should ensure the offloading of our animals, it has never been put to the test. The Egyptians thus far have flatly refused to allow the MV Gracia Del Mar to dock despite the mass suffering of the animals on board.

“If they continue to refuse to allow the surviving animals to be unloaded it would provide little confidence that the non-binding agreement with Australia would be honoured if a similar incident were to occur on an Australian livestock ship.

“It should not matter if these cattle aren’t Australian and if Brazil doesn’t have a similar piece of paper, they should not be abandoned to suffer and die at sea. We are appealing to Egyptian authorities to offload these cattle as a matter of urgency.”

Australia’s live sheep exports have fallen significantly over the past decade.

In 2010, three million sheep were exported compared with 6.3 million in 2001.

Australia’s government last year was to see a bill that would have banned live export to the world, but industry lobbyists fought back and forced the legislation off the table in a move that angered animal activists in the country and across the world, notably the Islamic world, which receives the lion’s share of live cattle and sheep from both Australia and Brazil.

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Australia: When You Thought That Gillard Was The Lowest of the Low Anyway; Now Australian Export Sheep Buried Alive In Pakistan – Take Action Now !

Just when you thought the Australian government had reached the bottom of a very dirty barrel re live animal exports, now the GILLARD GOVERNMENT- ANIMAL ABUSE SUPPORTERS; have allowed this to happen to Australian live exported sheep.

Thousands of Australian sheep exported to Pakistan have been clubbed, stabbed and buried alive. 

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To: Australian animal abusers;

I am thoroughly disgusted that you are exporting live sheep from Australia which end up in Pakistan, where the animal welfare procedures are evidently appalling. You should be ashamed of yourselves.

You are big time animal abusers !

Supporting live burial of exported animals ? !!

You and Gillard and her pathetic government have a lot to answer for – your abuses will always be remembered – your name is MUD, as is Gillard  !

Hopefully this will be the last straw for the Australian public opinion and will bring an end to this disgusting trade in live farm animal abuses, which you appear to get so much pleasure out of.

You are the lowest of the low.