Australian animals need a national champion. Ask the government to stop clucking around and urge Minister for Agriculture to establish a national body for animal welfare.
Putting animal welfare on the national agenda
In 2013, the Australian government took a major backward step by defunding the national strategy for animal welfare.
A lack of national leadership on animal welfare directly results in animal suffering. It also has an impact on the community and business.
Cruel practices such as the use of sow stalls, battery cages, and body mutilations without pain relief are still legal and common practice.
Even industry groups have lamented the lack of animal welfare frameworks. Mick Keogh, Executive Director of the Australia Farm Institute, referred to the system being ‘disjointed and fragmented’.
For over 18 months, World Animal Protection supporters have been calling on the government to establish an Independent Office of Animal Welfare to remedy this patchwork system. Over 65,000 people have made their voices heard.
Government advised to take action for animals
Earlier this year, our campaign for better Australian animal welfare received a significant boost when the Productivity Commission – an influential advisory body to the federal government – recommended the creation of an Australian Commission for Animal Welfare, a body that would be similar to our Independent Office.
The Australian Commission for Animal Welfare could develop policies and regulations that are science-based, consider animal welfare and include community input. As the Productivity Commission makes clear, this would be a win for animals, consumers and industry.
Yet the government continues to do nothing.
More than ever the animals in our care need a champion in Canberra to drive progress, facilitate collaboration, and ensure community expectations for animal welfare are met. Can you help get us to the table?
With your help, we will win the fight to establish national frameworks for animal welfare and improve the lives of millions of Australian animals.