Meatworks cleared of cruelty charges
A DERWENT Valley meatworks will not face prosecution after audits of the facility conducted in line with allegations of animal cruelty found it was complying with welfare standards.
The Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment said this week an investigation into allegations of animal cruelty against Gretna Meatworks was now finalised.
DPIPWE Biosecurity Tasmania general manager Lloyd Klumpp said no prosecution would undertaken following ongoing audits of the facility as well as a review of the department’s investigation by the Director of Public Prosecutions.
“Our ongoing audits of the facility have found the facility is complying with its requirements in relation to animal welfare,” Dr Klumpp said.
“An investigation of the allegations made against the facility was also considered by the DPP. It determined there is no reasonable prospect of conviction on the allegations and based on that no prosecution should be undertaken.”
Gretna Quality Meats’ abattoir proprietor Michael Munnings said he was pleased the investigation was over and he hoped any negative publicity about the business would now die down.
“Let’s hope this decision does not entice animal liberationists to target us again,” Mr Munnings said.
The investigation was sparked by footage taken by hidden cameras inside the meatworks in 2016.
The abattoir has always strongly denied cruelty claims.
Dr Klumpp said the footage was considered as part of the investigation.