According to media reports, power was cut and machinery damaged at Edgeworth Knackery, a slaughterhouse near Newcastle (NSW), during the night of July 8. 50+ Brumbies (wild horses), removed from a national park, had been sent to the slaughterhouse earlier in the week.

The saboteurs claimed to have contaminated the horse's water supply with phenylbutazone, an analgesic that is commonly used in horses. A warning was painted at the slaughterhouse: "These horse have been contaminated ... a 28-day withholding period before slaughter is required ... if slaughtered we will publicise that your slaughter house ... is selling contaminated horse meat."

(photo: Macarthur Chronicle/Camden Edition)