Livestock

Video prompts investigation

By Country News

An alleged illegal abattoir near Melbourne is being investigated following claims of sheep being slaughtered inhumanely.

Victorian Animal Justice Party MP Andy Meddick has complained to the state’s meat industry regulator Primesafe, which is investigating after the undercover footage was captured at the Koo Wee Rup facility.

It appears to show sheep being bound and slaughtered without being stunned first, and trying to escape with their heads partially removed.

‘‘We don’t know how many of these brutal and unsanitary illegal slaughterhouses operate in and around Melbourne,’’ Mr Meddick said last week.

He was handed the footage after an anonymous source provided it to vegan activists.

The animal rights group Aussie Farms previously came under fire for publishing the details and addresses of farms across the country.

PrimeSafe was contacted for comment.