Treat­ment of an­i­mals in­ves­ti­gated

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

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.

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