@Regrann from @bearwitnessaustralia - I'm sorry for having to show this image to you, my viewers. The utter disregard of her life, including what she once desired, enjoyed, remembered and what she once feared; all gone in a moment.
I don't know why this girl was killed, presumably due to being deemed unfit to load for transport. If it wasn't for the red life dripping out of her, she would have almost still seemed alive. Her eyes looking at us and her body still soft. I assume we had missed seeing her alive by only a brief amount of time.
She was killed at the Ballarat saleyards in Victoria, one of the largest saleyards in Southern Australia holding up to 30,000 sheep at a time. Myself and fellow investigators visited this saleyard recently for the first time and the harsh day-in and day-out reality was poorly hidden from us. That day, we saw sheep standing in and covered in their peer's blood- the remains of previous slaughter. Sick and injured sheep were incredibly common, some with internal bleeding coming out of their noses, some with leg injuries or grossly overgrown hooves making them unable to stand- coughing and spluttering of sheep was a constant sound and others had bloody facial injuries. Other sheep were in isolated sections- next in line to be killed. There was also a truckload of carcasses there to take the dead each sale day. And finally the girl in this image- left slaughtered on the edge of a walkway. All of them were afraid, they were moved around by people who frightened them with loud noises and dogs. At times I'd see men frighten them with no purpose at all. They'd walk past a pen banging the metal fencing and waving their arms at the sheep to watch them all cram into one corner in an attempt to avoid him.
I am sorry to this girl that we didn't get to her any sooner, that we were unable to present anything other than her death. Though, I'd like to think that if I were to die in an unjust way, someone would tell my story. And if my story was also representative of countless others who experienced a similar injustice I would be desperate to have it reach as far as possible.