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Inghams Tahmoor Abattoir

Inghams Tahmoor Abattoir

Location: Ralfe Street, Tahmoor NSW
Owned by: Inghams Enterprises Pty Ltd
Status: Open and operating
Phone: (02) 4681 8286

Animal Liberation NSW obtained hidden camera footage from Inghams Turkey Abattoir in Tahmoor, near Sydney NSW. Over 136 instances of animal cruelty were recorded from cameras placed over the shackling area, where birds are unloaded from trucks and placed onto the shackling line to be killed. In the footage, workers were seen kicking and punching turkeys, and bashing them against the floor and the side of the truck.

The turkeys, weighing between 8 and 17kg each, were hung upside down by their legs on the shackles; their weight often caused their legs to rip from their bodies. Workers were seen tossing the legs around, and handheld footage from inside the facility at night showed that these legs had simply been left up on the rafters.

Five workers were sacked as a result of the footage, however anonymous reports have been received that similar incidents often occur at other Inghams poultry (turkey, chicken and duck) slaughterhouses across the country.

Following the widespread exposure, Inghams announced that they were installing CCTV cameras in all of their slaughterhouses, however the footage would only be monitored by management and not by any authorities or other third parties. Of course, in facilities with CCTV monitored only by management, there is a likelihood that for any incidents of welfare breaches caught on camera, the evidence would be quickly destroyed and not reported, as the company has nothing to benefit from reporting themselves to authorities. Rather, such cameras are likely in place to stop anyone from installing hidden cameras of their own.

Business Details

  • Inghams Enterprises Pty Ltd
  • A.C.N: 008 447 345
  • A.B.N: 20 008 447 345
  • Phone: (02) 9602 8744 (Head Office)
  • Registered in: Australian Capital Territory
  • Registration Date: 24/06/1965
  • Organisation is currently registered, limited by shares and a proprietary company
  • Principal Place of Business: Level 4, 203 Northumberland Street, Liverpool NSW 2170

Directors:

  • Kevin Fraser McBain
    • Born in Bowen QLD, 12/10/1941
    • Appointed 01/09/1989
  • Gregory Patrick Watts
    • Born in Nowra NSW, 16/12/1957
    • Appointed 29/10/2013

Secretary

  • Gregory Patrick Watts
    • Born in Nowra NSW, 16/12/1957
    • Appointed 29/10/2013
  • Raoul Bruce Corry
    • Born in Canterbury NSW, 17/12/1956
    • Appointed 29/10/2013
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