Meat­works cleared of cru­elty charges

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - NEWS - HE­LEN KEMPTON

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.

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