Farm animal cruelty
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Millions of Australian animals on factory farms are forced to endure horrific cruelty during their short lives followed by slaughter because of inadequate laws and standards. To end their needless suffering, it is vital to create an Independent Office of Animal Welfare (IOAW) that will ensure the humane treatment of our animals.
Right now, existing laws and standards are still allowing for systemic cruelty to be inflicted on Australian farm animals with some standards and codes not being mandatory, some continuing to allow abhorrent cruelty and some not being enforced.
On top of this, the Government dismantled the national framework for animal welfare in 2013. They also went on to defund the Australian Animal Welfare Strategy and disband the advisory body for consultation on animal welfare policy.
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Without national leadership, progress on animal welfare continues to slip behind other nations like New Zealand and the UK on their national commitment to animal welfare, which is why we need the Government to provide leadership and re-establish national frameworks to drive progress and reform in this area.
The Australian Alliance for Animals has proposed a 6-point #FairGoForAnimals reform framework for creating a more balanced and independent animal welfare governance system in Australia, which we strongly endorse.
By creating a dedicated IOAW that would advise, consult, lead and coordinate our country, states, territories, and communities to better protect and care for our animals, we will be able to create a more balanced and independent animal welfare governance system in Australia.
Together, we have been campaigning for an IOAW since 2013, and with you by our side, we won’t stop until every animal in Australia and around the world has a life free from cruelty and suffering.
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