It's been over 8 months since the Department of Agriculture & Fisheries (DAF) began investigating the horrific final hour of Imogen at Swickers Slaughterhouse in Kingaroy. We have been told that the 'matter is still being considered by the department'.
Unlike most other crimes, here in Queensland, there is a 12-month limit on prosecutions for matters that involve animal cruelty. As the incident occurred in June last year, this means that there is one week left for the Department to take action and press charges.
DAF rarely prosecute anyone in Queensland for animal cruelty. From over 1,700 incidents in 2022, there were only three prosecutions.
Swickers is an export-accredited facility that handles thousands of pigs every day. It's important that the DAF use this case to deter other individuals.
Importantly, this slaughterhouse's recent expansion was also partly funded by tax payers, through a grant from the State Government’s ‘Jobs and Regional Growth Fund’.
Tell the Agriculture Minister to prosecute the people responsible for the abuse shown towards Imogen and the other pigs. Demand justice.
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