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Anger over Indonesian pictures of cattle mistreatment

Published on Jan 7, 2013 8:33 PM
Workers unload cattle by using ropes hanging around their necks in Surabaya, East Java, on Jan 6, 2013 from the ship to a truck as a local distribution between provinces in the country. Australia halted all live cattle shipments to Indonesia in June, 2011 for several weeks after a documentary showing graphic acts of cruelty to cows in the Southeast Asian nation's abattoirs sparked an angry public backlash. Australia only resumed the trade in August, 2011 after Indonesia agreed to a strict new licensing system designed to protect animal welfare. -- PHOTO:AFP

SURABAYA (AFP) - Animal rights activists on Monday denounced "cruel" treatment of cattle in Indonesia after pictures emerged of cows on their way to market being lifted by a crane from ropes tied to their heads.

It is another blow to the country's reputation for dealing with livestock following international criticism in 2011 when Australian TV aired footage of Indonesian abattoir workers torturing cows shipped from Australia.

In the latest pictures, taken by an AFP photographer, a crane is shown transferring three bony cows from a boat in the eastern Javanese city of Surabaya using a loop of rope around their skulls.

Another photograph shows seven live cows being lifted in a similar fashion in one group, with their necks painfully outstretched.

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