Treatment of animals investigated
Allegations of animal cruelty and poor working conditions have been raised at a Pilbara pastoral lease by current and former employees.
A WA Department of Agriculture and Food spokeswoman confirmed the department was investigating an animal welfare complaint on a Pilbara cattle property, but would not release further details as the investigation was ongoing.
The Pilbara News spoke to several past and present workers of the station believed to be at the centre of the investigation, all of whom backed up the allegations.
Among the issues raised by those spoken to were claims of a lack of food and water in stockyards, cattle having to fight over what little water was available, dried and broken water troughs, and run-down employee accommodation.
One of those spoken to said they were not sure the owners were fully aware of the conditions on the station.
“When they were mustering it was mainly water and feed in the yard so some of the cattle didn’t have water for a couple of days,” they said.
“I’m not quite sure about hay, but there’s no feed in the paddocks right now — not much at all for the amount of cattle that are here.
“The living quarters for the other workers are pretty rough.
“There’s only three out of six rooms … have air-con.”
The claim is believed to have been raised with the RSPCA in early January, which then passed it on to DAFWA.