Benalla Abattoir

75 Firth Rd, Benalla VIC 3672, Australia
Name: Benalla Abattoir
Address: 75 Firth Rd, Benalla VIC 3672, Australia
LGA/Council: Benalla Rural City Council
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Uses a Butina carbon dioxide gas chamber to suffocate pigs until they are unconscious, after forcing them up the race with a high-amperage electric prodder. Also kills calves and sheep.

Last known status: Open and operating
Listing updated: 2023
Listing ID: 29256
Owned by: C A Sinclair
Property Identification Code (PIC): 3ABLW076 or 3ABLW026
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In December 2015, Animal Liberation groups from around Australia chained themselves to the gas chamber in the Diamond Valley Pork slaughterhouse to coincide with the release of damning undercover pig slaughter footage, while also occupying and dropping banners from the slaughterhouse rooftop, and blockading transport trucks.

The joint campaign by Animal Liberation Victoria and Animal Liberation NSW details shocking scenes from 3 Victorian pig slaughterhouses (Diamond Valley Pork in Laverton, Australian Food Group in Laverton, and CA Sinclair in Benalla) of pigs being mercilessly forced with high amperage electric prods into metal cages, then lowered into a gas chamber where they scream, thrash, kick and struggle to escape as the gas causes burning sensations throughout their bodies and they suffocate.

Most pigs in Australia, including those raised “free range”, are killed in these carbon dioxide gas chambers, which are regarded as “best practice”. The industry tells the public that gas chambers are a humane slaughter method and wants us to believe that the pigs gently fall asleep, however nothing could be further from the truth

The investigation involved climbing down into a gas chamber while wearing an oxygen tank to position hidden cameras. The activist who did so immediately noticed their eyes burning, which led to the discovery that when carbon dioxide reacts with liquids or mucus coated membranes (like that of the eyes, nostrils, sinuses, throat, and lungs), it forms carbonic acid. From their first lungful of gas, these pigs are burning from the inside out.

ALV Founder Patty Mark said on the day of the action that "All activists involved in this action have taken a vow of non-violence and are putting themselves peacefully between the innocent animals and the horrific death that awaits them. We are closing down this slaughterhouse for as long as we can, not just to draw attention to this torturous method of killing, but to draw attention to the violence that is inherent in animal agriculture. This action is an attempt to bring the real concept of peace and respect for others into our troubled world. To strike at the very roots of violence and destruction.”

ALV President Noah Hannibal said while locked onto the slaughterhouse gas chamber: "Compassion is not a crime. I challenge anyone who takes issue with what we do here today to view the undercover footage at The evidence is undeniable, slaughterhouses are cruel, unethical and unnecessary. It is time to end this senseless slaughter."

At the Benalla abattoir, workers use high amperage electric prods connected to mains power, delivering repeated excruciating shocks to the pigs in order to force them up the chute into the gas chamber. On multiple occasions the prod was held against the anus of the pigs. This is done all day long by several different workers, in full view of the facility's surveillance cameras.

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