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Undercover footage of a goat farm in Australia shows newborn goats being legally bludgeoned to death in front of their mothers.

The video of the Victoria farm, released by Animal Liberation Victoria (ALV), reveals a worker at North View Nannies Goat Dairy in Bannockburn, Victoria, ‘removing baby goats from their mothers and bashing their heads in with a metal pole’. The baby goats are seen convulsing on the ground as they die.

Legal

According to ALV, the worker’s actions are completely legal. “Practice and guidelines regarding goat farming are not mandatory, and farmed animals are not legally protected in the Australian Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act (1986),” says the organization.

“Even though codes are not mandatory, many nonetheless state that blunt force trauma killing of goats less than 24 hours old can be considered ‘humane destruction’.”

‘Useless to the dairy industry’

“These newborns males are killed because they will never produce milk, and are therefore considered useless to the dairy industry,” ALV President Noah Hannibal said in a statement sent to Plant Based News.

“This brutal slaughter takes place as part of an inherently cruel industry. As long as consumers buy dairy products, it will continue.”

Goat milk industry

With the release of the footage ALV is calling on companies that use goat’s milk, including Miranda Kerr’s KORA Organics, to stop profiting from the slaughter of baby goats.

ALV Spokeswoman Emma Hakansson added: “We believe that Miranda Kerr will be horrified to learn about the hidden cruelty behind the goat milk industry.

“We hope that Miranda, a new mother herself, can extend her compassion to mother goats who are forced to watch their children beaten to death in front of them.”

‘Do not condone the mistreatment of animals’

In a statement to Daily Mail Australia, Victorian Farmers Federation president David Jochinke said the industry does ‘not condone the mistreatment of animals’.

“It is difficult to comment on the specific details of this circumstance, but we would encourage farmers to stun animals with a captive bolt wherever possible,” he added.

“Any person who has stewardship of an animal should take their responsibilities seriously. I am supportive of Agriculture Victoria undertaking an investigation into this matter should they feel it to be necessary.”

The video footage was released on GoatTruth.com

Maria Chiorando

Maria is the editor of Plant Based News. As a former magazine editor, newspaper reporter, and features writer, her work has been published by The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and various regional newspapers, as well as Vegan Life magazine and Vegan Trade Journal. She has interviewed a huge range of people, from Prime Ministers to authors, activists, pop stars and actors, and enjoys the varied range of topics writing for PBN allows her to tackle.