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Riverside Meats Abattoir

Riverside Meats Abattoir

Location: Goulburn Road, Echuca VIC
Owned by: Riverside Meats Echuca Pty Ltd
Last known status: Open and operating
Phone: (03) 5480 6387

Exposed again by Animals Australia in November 2016: New hidden camera footage shows horrific abuse to bobby calves ('waste products' of the dairy industry), goats, sheep, cows and pigs. 


Footage taken by hidden cameras inside Riverside Meats Abattoir, Echuca VIC, was anonymously provided to Animals Australia in early 2013.

The footage depicts young calves being pushed, shocked with electric prods, hit and dragged up a metal ramp to be slaughtered; "waste products" of the dairy industry. Some, too weak to stand, are thrown into the slaughter chute. Over 700000 calves are killed each year at around 5 days old so that their mothers can continue producing milk to be sold to consumers.

Upon receiving the footage, Animals Australia lodged a formal complaint with the Department of Primary Industries (DPI) for breaches of Victorian animal cruelty laws and the illegal use of an electric prod on a calf. A formal complaint was also lodged with PrimeSafe for breaches of the Australian Standards governing welfare at abattoirs; PrimeSafe ordered the practices cease immediately. Investigations have now concluded - incredibly, no charges have been laid. Instead, the abattoir owners and several workers were issued with formal warnings by DPI.

Business Details

  • Riverside Meats Echuca Pty Ltd
  • A.C.N: 160 479 603
  • A.B.N: 45 160 479 603
  • Phone: (03) 5480 6387
  • Registered in: Victoria
  • Registration Date: 24/09/2012
  • Organisation is currently registered, limited by shares and a proprietary company
  • Principal Place of Business: 286 Maribyrnong Road, Moonee Ponds VIC 3039


  • Bruce James Peat
    • Lives in Echuca VIC
    • Born in Echuca VIC, 21/12/1943
    • Appointed 24/09/2012


  • Bruce James Peat
    • Lives in Echuca VIC
    • Born in Echuca VIC, 21/12/1943
    • Appointed 24/09/2012

Share Structure

  • Number of shares: 2
  • Shareholders:
    • Bruber Properties Pty Ltd (ACN 122 131 499, 286 Maribyrnong Road, Moonee Ponds VIC 3039

Further information about this facility may be available on the Aussie Farms Repository: Riverside Meats Abattoir