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WSPA has called on the Indonesian Government to take swift action in relation to recent pictures showing cattle being lifted by a crane from ropes tied to their heads.

The distressing images were taken while the animals were being unloaded from a boat in the eastern Javanese city of Surabaya while in transit to Jakarta.

Dr Rob Gregory, WSPA’s Regional Programme Director for Humane and Sustainable Agriculture responded to this distressing situation:

“These images are appalling and alarming. This type of treatment is both unnecessary and unacceptable. In addition to the risk of serious injury, it is greatly distressing and causes extreme discomfort for the animals.”

“We have contacted the Indonesian Government in relation to this issue and would urge it to take steps to ensure this practice is quickly stamped out.”

In Indonesia, WSPA is supporting the Indonesian Veterinary Medical Association (IVMA) to improve the welfare of Indonesian cattle in abattoirs by developing a detailed humane slaughter training programme to be introduced during 2013.

Dr Gregory added: “While we commend the Indonesian Government for taking action to improve animal welfare in abattoirs, we recognise there is still a great deal of work to be done. This is a prime opportunity for the Government to lead by example, and ensure that those who are responsible for animals at all stages of their lives treat them humanely and with respect.”