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Corowa Piggery & Abattoir

Corowa Piggery & Abattoir

Location: Redlands Road, Corowa NSW
Owned by: Rivalea Australia
Status: Open and operating
Phone: (02) 6033 8333

The Corowa Piggery is the largest piggery in the southern hemisphere, with 45000 sows (as of 2010). The slaughterhouse/abattoir on the same property is the largest pig abattoir in Australia, with a capacity of up to 1 million kills per year.

The Corowa Abattoir uses carbon dioxide gas (CO2) to render the pigs unconscious before they are killed; this is touted by the industry and RSPCA as the most "humane" method of slaughter particularly where such large numbers of pigs are involved. Free range pigs are sometimes killed at this abattoir, in the exact same manner, from Rivalea’s free range facility on the same property in Corowa. The slaughterhouse and piggery have a constant security patrol, and the slaughterhouse has CCTV cameras monitored 24/7 by Rivalea.

In a world-first, hidden cameras were placed inside the gas chamber in early 2014, revealing the suffering of every pig who goes through that system, screaming and thrashing for air as they are suffocated. At the entrance to the chamber, an employee leans over the terrified pigs, jabbing them repeatedly with an electric prodder to get them into the chamber. The pigs, who can hear the screams of those already in the chamber, often try to jump out over the walls; they do not want to go inside.

The video was sent to one of the world's foremost experts on pig behaviour and physiology, Professor Donald Broom at the University of Cambridge, who produced this scathing report on the practices uncovered by the footage. This report and the footage have been handed in to NSW Police in the hopes of gaining a conviction against Rivalea.

However, it is important to note that this facility is not a "one-off". These gas chambers have been installed in roughly 15 Australian slaughterhouses including all of the largest, and hundreds of slaughterhouses all over the world (see the list here). The vast majority of pigs in Australia are killed in this way.

The Corowa Piggery is made up of 5 modules, each of which is essentially a large, self-contained farrow to finish piggery. Footage and photographs were obtained by anonymous activists inside 3 of the 5 modules, depicting industry-standard cruelty such as:

  • Cutting piglets' tails, teeth and ears at a few days of age without anaesthetic
  • Confining pregnant and lactacting sows to tiny cages in farrowing crates
  • Dead and dying piglets within farrowing crates
  • Sows with wounds and injuries including prolapsed vaginas

Corowa Piggery and Abattoir, NSW Corowa Abattoir, NSW

Business Details

  • Rivalea (Australia) Pty Ltd
  • ACN: 004 892 835
  • ABN: 53 004 892 835
  • Phone: (02) 6033 8333
  • Registered in: New South Wales
  • Registration Date: 6/07/1971
  • Organisation is currently registered, limited by shares and a proprietary company
  • Principal Place of Business: Corowa Piggery, Redlands Road, Corowa NSW 2646
  • Postal address: PO Box 78, Corowa NSW 2646

Directors:

  • Kong King Tan
    • Lives in Singapore
    • Born in Malaysia, 26/10/1950
    • Appointed 23/10/2001
  • Derek Kheng Beng Cheong
    • Lives in Singapore
    • Born in Singapore, 28/05/1954
    • Appointed 23/10/2001
  • Rodney Michael Williams
    • Lives in Corowa NSW
    • Born in Sydney NSW, 31/07/1955
    • Appointed 23/10/2001
  • Teh Chuen Tarn
    • Lives in Singapore NSW
    • Born in Singapore, 3/02/1960
    • Appointed 19/12/2001
  • Michael Darren Hewat
    • Lives in Wodonga VIC
    • Born in Melbourne VIC, 8/06/1965
    • Appointed 1/04/2014

Secretary

  • Rodney Michael Williams
    • Lives in Corowa NSW
    • Born in Sydney NSW, 31/07/1955
    • Appointed 16/10/2000

Ultimate Holding Company

  • Hamsdale Australia Pty Ltd
    • ABN 097 393 112
    • ACN 37097393112

Share Structure

  • Number of shares: 350000
  • Shareholders:
    • Hamsdale Australia Pty Ltd
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