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Shane Rattenbury condemns Barnaby Joyce's sheep abuse comment

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Megan Gorrey

Greens MLA Shane Rattenbury.

Greens MLA Shane Rattenbury.

ACT Primary Industries Minister Shane Rattenbury has accused federal Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce of blame-shifting after he questioned footage of alleged sheep abuse in Australian shearing sheds.

Animal rights organisation PETA called for an end to the country's wool industry as it last week published an online video which showed shearers kicking, punching and beating sheep with electric clippers and a hammer.

Mr Joyce has questioned the investigation and accused PETA of being an extremist group that wanted to damage Australia's agriculture industry.

But Mr Rattenbury said in a statement the footage showed "senseless brutality'' and should be roundly condemned.

The Greens minister slammed Mr Joyce's comparison of the animal activists who exposed the alleged acts of cruelty to someone breaking into a family home.

"He toed a dangerous line between condemning the illegal conduct of some, and encouraging others to keep their abuse and their cruelty behind closed doors.

“Barnaby Joyce needs to stop blame shifting and deal with the real issue here – the Australian public have a right to feel confident that the animals involved in their food and clothing production are treated humanely."

7 comments

  • Is this the official ACT Government position?

    Commenter
    Economist
    Date and time
    July 14, 2014, 9:52AM
    • Mr Rattenbury, I thought you where the vice president of the ACT, what has anything to do with Joyce to do with you and the ACT.
      You would be much better off having a drive around the Belconnen area having a look at the stuff ups to some of the road surfacing and line marking that has been going on.

      Commenter
      NITRO GANGSTER
      Date and time
      July 14, 2014, 10:00AM
      • Then again Barnaby Rubble is not the sharpest tool in the shed

        Commenter
        The Gumpster
        Location
        The Gap Q
        Date and time
        July 14, 2014, 10:09AM
        • A green piping up, didn't expect anything less

          Commenter
          right4life
          Date and time
          July 14, 2014, 11:28AM
          • I've seen the P.E.T.A footage & it looks like a set-up or put-on to me.
            I've never, ever seen or heard of that sort behaviour in a shearing shed in my near 50 years on the land, it would only make the sheep harder to handle, you'd last about 1/2 a second flat if you behaved like that.
            P.E.T.A didn't hand the footage to the R.S.P.C.A or police with the filming locations, times & dates because if they did those people would have been charged with offences, the only reason P.E.T.A didn't is that they knew the footage wouldn't stand up to an investigation.
            If P.E.T.A was really concerned with Australian livestock welfare you'd think they would want those mugs out of the game & in court and possibly jail, wouldn't that be media storm & a win for animal welfare...that's the shearers/actors in the film I mean, because they are still out there thanks to P.E.T.A's inaction, if they really exist in such a role as shearers.
            The placement of one camera in the holding pen must have been obvious unless very well hidden in an un-lined shearing shed made of tin & timber then the actors just happen to perform...c'mon.

            Commenter
            dusty
            Location
            Eden-Monaro
            Date and time
            July 14, 2014, 11:37AM
            • Re. above comments:
              "Denial ain't just a river in Egypt" - Mark Twain.

              Commenter
              Mark Twain
              Location
              In the woolshed
              Date and time
              July 14, 2014, 1:11PM
              • Mark, You've had the wool pulled over eyes on this one..

                Commenter
                dusty
                Date and time
                July 14, 2014, 3:06PM
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