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GAZA FILES: The worst live export cruelty ever seen. You don't need to watch it - but you can help stop this continuing.

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‘102 cuts...’

Live export - Gaza investigation - ‘102 cuts...’ Play file Location: Gaza strip
Origin: Australia
Filmed by civilians, 2013
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This bull suffered no less than 102 cuts to his throat. His death, and that of many others during the 2013 Festival of Sacrifice, was filmed and shared online. The tags in this bull's ears were distinctly Australian. But he died halfway around the world, in a makeshift slaughter room in Gaza.

With his legs bound and his body outstretched, the bull was helpless as a slaughterman clumsily cut at his throat with a blunt knife. The terrified animal was conscious throughout the prolonged and agonising ordeal, thrashing his head, blinking constantly and looking up at his tormentors as his throat was sawn open.

Australian regulations failed to prevent the suffering of this animal, and others like him.

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Gaza files Case 01: ‘102 cuts...’

Stabbed in the eye

Live export - Gaza investigation - Stabbed in the eye Play file Location: Gaza strip
Origin: Australia
Filmed by civilians, 2013
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This bull was chased by a mob through the back alleys of Gaza. When he wouldn't move, he was whipped, punched and had his tail painfully twisted. In a terrified frenzy, he stampeded through the alleyways, with dozens of men fleeing in front of him. When he slipped and fell on the concrete, he was kicked — to force him back to his feet.

This animal constantly struggled as they tied him to a wall, bound his legs and pulled them out from under him. One man stood on his face and pushed a knife into his eye, while another began to cut at his throat. As the bull bellowed, they sawed at his neck with a blunt knife for almost a minute until his bellows became muted, as he choked on his own blood and died a slow and agonising death.

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Gaza files Case 02: Stabbed in the eye

‘Target practice’

Live export - Gaza investigation - ‘Target practice’ Play file Location: Gaza strip
Origin: Australia
Filmed by civilians, 2013
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As this bull stood in a fenced off area, a short distance away, a man took aim with his assault rifle. But he wasn't shooting to kill the bull quickly — he was aiming to 'knee cap' him.

A shot rang out, and the bull stumbled to regain his footing, limping away from his shooter. Again, the man took aim and fired. The bull nearly collapsed, but pulled himself up and again limped further away. One more shot rang out, as the bull staggered back, struggling to put weight on his injured legs.

The end fate of this animal and his eventual slaughter was not filmed. In the one and a half minutes of vision filmed by an onlooker, the bull was shot three times.

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Gaza files Case 03: ‘Target practice’

Beaten, stabbed

Live export - Gaza investigation - Beaten, stabbed Play file Location: Gaza strip
Origin: Australia
Filmed by civilians, 2013
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With a crowd surrounding the truck, this Australian bull was repeatedly whipped, until, in a frenzy, he leapt from the back of the vehicle. As he flailed about and thrashed his head desperately against the tight rope around his neck, the mob shouted and chased him back.

When he slipped and fell on the gutter, a slaughterman approached and stabbed him in the neck. He clambered back to his feet and continued to struggle, but the rope around his neck meant his efforts were in vain.

Pulled up against a pole, he was violently stabbed again. With the taut rope still choking him, and blood flowing from his neck, he slumped to the ground.

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Gaza files Case 04: Beaten, stabbed

Wide-eyed terror

Live export - Gaza investigation - Wide-eyed terror Play file Location: Gaza strip
Origin: Australia
Filmed by civilians, 2013
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This animal was tied to a tree. His front legs were bound together. His eyes widened in terror as a young man began to saw at his neck. Still conscious and blinking, he could do nothing but stand on his hind legs, with the weight of his body bearing down on the gaping wound in his neck. He died in a gutter, on the streets of Gaza.

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Gaza files Case 05: Wide-eyed terror

Slipping in blood

Live export - Gaza investigation - Slipping in blood Play file Location: Gaza strip
Origin: Australia
Filmed by civilians, 2013
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On a slaughter room floor, tied to a pole, this bull cowered from the slaughterman attempting to kill him.

The slaughterman thrust the knife into his neck. As the animal recoiled he slipped in his own blood. Each time he fell, he scrambled back to his feet, pulling frantically against his rope.

After almost a full minute of failed attempts to scramble from the slaughterman, he fell for a final time, too weak from blood loss to get back to his feet. As he landed on the blood soaked tiles, slaughtermen sprayed water into the wounds on his neck. He was not the only Australian animal to suffer and die in this room.

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Gaza files Case 06: Slipping in blood

Vocalising in pain

Live export - Gaza investigation - Vocalising in pain Play file Location: Gaza strip
Origin: Australia
Filmed by civilians, 2013
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This bull's agonised bellowing, during his ordeal, conveyed his terror far beyond what any words could describe.

For almost two minutes after the first cut to his neck, this animal kept fighting. With each approach of the slaughterman he ducked his head or reared up, trying to avoid the knife stabbing at this neck. On at least a dozen approaches, the slaughterman thrust the knife in and cut deeper, and each time the bull vocalised in pain.

Finally, with blood streaming from his wounds, with one man pulling on his tail, three more pulling on a rope around his neck, and surrounded by a crowd of onlookers, he collapsed and died.

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Gaza files Case 07: Vocalising in pain

Hit, kicked, shoved

Live export - Gaza investigation - Hit, kicked, shoved Play file Location: Gaza strip
Origin: Australia
Filmed by civilians, 2013
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As this bull lay in the gutter, his neck half-severed, a stream of blood flowed down the road towards him — seemingly from another dying animal. Mixing with his own blood, the red rivulet flowed under and around him, filling the gutter where he lay.

Moments earlier, he had struggled to remain standing, as two men kicked and shoved him, trying to knock him over. When he had fallen and his throat was sawn open, young boys ran up to kick and hit the helpless animal.

The brutality he and other animals endured wasn't necessary. It had nothing to do with religion. In fact, when these tragic videos were uploaded to YouTube, the suffering was condemned by Muslim commenters. It wasn't 'halal'. It was the tragic outcome of a live export industry that had failed to protect them.

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Gaza files Case 08: Hit, kicked, shoved

Hit in the face ... dragged from a truck

Live export - Gaza investigation - Hit in the face ... dragged from a truck Play file Location: Gaza strip
Origin: Australia
Filmed by civilians, 2013
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This bull stood huddled together with two others on the back of a truck. With all his strength he resisted as a crew of men heaved on the rope around his neck. Even after being hit in the face with a broomstick, he continued to resist.

Moments later, as he lay dying on the slaughter room floor, the slaughterman paused, whilst cutting into his throat, to pose for a photo.

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Gaza files Case 09: Hit in the face ... dragged from a truck

Stomped on

Live export - Gaza investigation - Stomped on Play file Location: Gaza strip
Origin: Australia
Filmed by civilians, 2013
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This animal's death was crude and painful. Before reaching the slaughter room he had fallen heavily from a truck and was stomped on. The slaughterman thrust his knife into the animal's neck, leaving a gaping hole. He then continued to thrust the knife deeper into the wound, un-phased by the suffering he was inflicting on the bull. With his neck agape, the bull clambered to his feet, pulling in vain against the rope around his head. When he collapsed for a final time it was clear that only his eventual death would bring an end to this animal's suffering.

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Gaza files Case 10: Stomped on

Hosed with water

Live export - Gaza investigation - Hosed with water Play file Location: Gaza strip
Origin: Australia
Filmed by civilians, 2013
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Already wounded from a stab to the neck, this bull let out a meek bellow as the slaughterman cut into him again. When he had fallen to the ground, the slaughtermen began spraying him with water. As he lay bleeding on the floor, they continued to hose him.

When water sprayed into his wounds he shook his head, trying to avoid it. Clearly weak from blood loss, when the next bull was slaughtered, virtually on top of him, he was too weak to react.

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Gaza files Case 11: Hosed with water

Half-severed neck

Live export - Gaza investigation - Half-severed neck Play file Location: Gaza strip
Origin: Australia
Filmed by civilians, 2013
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With his head strung up to a post and his front legs bound, this white bull kicked hopelessly at the air, while they slashed his throat. The crowd around him cheered and whistled as he suffered this agonising slaughter.

Even once his throat was cut, there was no end to his suffering. He was forced to hang there, his head pulled upward and the weight of his upper body stretching his half-severed neck wide open. Only his impending death could bring him relief from his suffering.

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Gaza files Case 12: Half-severed neck

Head-first onto the road

Live export - Gaza investigation - Head-first onto the road Play file Location: Gaza strip
Origin: Australia
Filmed by civilians, 2013
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With a crowd of children watching, this bull was bound up on the back of a truck. The ropes around his legs left it impossible for him to take a step without tripping. Even so, he struggled frantically. When he lashed out at the men adjusting his bindings, his head came crashing through the truck's caging.

As the animal was pulled from the truck, he stumbled forward, toppling head-first onto the road below. His final moments weren't filmed, but the stress and distress he endured in the minutes leading up to his slaughter was clear.

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Gaza files Case 13: Head-first onto the road

Brutal treatment

Live export - Gaza investigation - Brutal treatment Play file Location: Gaza strip
Origin: Australia
Filmed by civilians, 2013
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By the time this bull was pulled from the trailer, he had been poked and prodded by children. His front legs were bound and he was tied to a tree. All the while, a large crowd continued to shout, cheer and whistle.

As he struggled against his ropes, he tripped and fell to the gutter. It was more than a minute before he moved, or tried get back to his feet. And when he fell a second time, he appeared to have given up. For minutes he lay in the gutter, motionless, as they pulled and twisted his tail and tugged on his ropes.

Over the span of a quarter of an hour, his torment and treatment was filmed on camera. How much longer his ordeal lasted is unclear. What is clear is that, had live export regulations been complied with, this animal would not have endured this terrible fate.

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Gaza files Case 14: Brutal treatment

A torturous ‘photo op’

Live export - Gaza investigation - A torturous ‘photo op’ Play file Location: Gaza strip
Origin: Australia
Filmed by civilians, 2013
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As this bull's neck was cut, the crowd erupted in shouts and cheers. He was stretched out on the road, his head tied to a pole. The animal had fought desperately to remain on his feet, but with his back legs tied together and pulled out from under him, he was powerless to protect himself.

The bull struggled to breathe from his bloodied throat. Failing to acknowledge the animal’s pain and distress, the slaughterman stuck the knife back into his wound — to pose for a photograph.

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Gaza files Case 15: A torturous ‘photo op’

Thrashing in distress

Live export - Gaza investigation - Thrashing in distress Play file Location: Gaza strip
Origin: Australia
Filmed by civilians, 2013
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After a 'beep' from its horn, a small truck drove forward, dumping the bull from its tray onto the concrete. His hobbled front legs flailed as he fell.

The bull struggled up from his knees and stood nervously while the rope around his neck was pulled taut against a pole.

As men approached, the animal reared, and the rope hobbling his legs tangled with the rope around his neck. Thrashing in distress, the bull was unable to get his front legs on the ground. Finally he untangled himself and, visibly distressed, he continued to wrestle against his ropes.

The death of this animal was not filmed, but undoubtedly he endured the same brutal slaughter documented throughout the streets of Gaza.

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Gaza files Case 16: Thrashing in distress

A pitiful ‘spectacle’

Live export - Gaza investigation - A pitiful ‘spectacle’ Play file Location: Gaza strip
Origin: Australia
Filmed by civilians, 2013
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This bull was killed, fully conscious, in a backyard, while a mob crowded around him. His legs were pulled back, stretching his body out. With a shove he toppled to the ground. Only his head remained lifted, by a rope tied around a tree. The crowd gathered around to watch the animal's neck being cut open.

A moment later as he bled out, many in the crowd had already lost interest in the apparent 'spectacle' of his death.

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Gaza files Case 17: A pitiful ‘spectacle’

Surrounded, chased, tormented

Live export - Gaza investigation - Surrounded, chased, tormented Play file Location: Gaza strip
Origin: Australia
Filmed by civilians, 2013
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This bull ran, bucking down a crowded alleyway. Dozens of men ran after him.

He was forced back, hemmed in on both sides by people and dragged inch by inch towards a pole. All the while people slapped and hit him, to make him move to their slaughter site.

Surrounded and visibly stressed, the bull cowered away and then charged forward, as men attempted to rope his back legs. But with his horns tied to a pole, he couldn't escape or protect himself.

When the bull's leg had been roped, he was again hit with a stick, and, as he tried to run, he tripped and fell forward, landing heavily on his head. To laughter and cheers he rolled forward in an uncomfortable somersault, his hooves scrambling in the dirt.

Taunted and tormented — brutal slaughter awaited him.

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Gaza files Case 18: Surrounded, chased, tormented

Screaming crowds

Live export - Gaza investigation - Screaming crowds Play file Location: Gaza strip
Origin: Australia
Filmed by civilians, 2013
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As this bull was dragged to the ground, the crowd rushed at him, shouting and screaming. In the minutes prior, this animal had leapt and tugged, trying to free himself from the ropes tied around his legs and head.

The crowd continued shouting as his throat was cut and his blood flowed onto the road.

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Gaza files Case 19: Screaming crowds

Splayed on the road

Live export - Gaza investigation - Splayed on the road Play file Location: Gaza strip
Origin: Australia
Filmed by civilians, 2013
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Amid shouting and confusion, in a busy street, this large bull cowered as a white sheet was flapped in his face in an attempt to force him to the ground.

He had already been chased and roped, his front and rear legs hobbled tightly. He had fallen repeatedly, his legs splayed out on the road — prompting claps and cheers from the onlookers.

A rope around his neck pulled tight, turning him around slowly, his front legs bent under him on the hard road.

One man kicked at him, trying to knock out the only leg still holding him upright. Finally the bull collapsed heavily to the ground, thrashing his head as he was rolled onto his side.

A man gestured with a cutting motion. The bull's legs were bound together and the throng of men pressed in around him to watch his slaughter.

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Gaza files Case 20: Splayed on the road

Pulled by a truck

Live export - Gaza investigation - Pulled by a truck Play file Location: Gaza strip
Origin: Australia
Filmed by civilians, 2013
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With his head fastened to a pole and one back leg tied to a truck, the tension from the ropes pulled this Australian bull's whole body tight. The animal could do nothing but lie there with his front legs outstretched.

A gang of men surrounded him and flipped him onto his side, before the slaughterman cut his throat. Once his neck was agape, the slaughterman wiped the knife clean on the bull's shoulder and stepped away.

His body was still pulled tight, stretching his wound open. As blood sprayed from his exposed neck, a man washed his hands, tipping the bucket of water over the dying animal's wounds.

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Gaza files Case 21: Pulled by a truck

A tragic attempt to ‘hide’

Live export - Gaza investigation - A tragic attempt to ‘hide’ Play file Location: Gaza strip
Origin: Australia
Filmed by civilians, 2013
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This bull was chased back and forth around the pole he was tied to. He tried to hide behind this pole, as a crew of men roped his legs. They dragged him to the ground where his throat was cut whilst he was fully conscious. Like each of the animals in these files, his suffering was filmed by local people in Gaza and uploaded to YouTube. While the live export industry would rather you didn't see these images, these animals deserve to have their stories told.

For anyone who supports live export on the condition that animals are treated 'humanely', the suffering of this bull and other animals reveals how easily regulations designed to protect them can be disregarded — and the horrendous suffering that results.

How, in good conscience, can Australia continue to put animals at such risk?

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Gaza files Case 22: A tragic attempt to ‘hide’
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