The Productivity Commission has been accused of ignoring significant industry and Government efforts to achieve world-leading animal welfare standards in Australian agriculture, and favouring skewed welfare group policies to solve problems that don’t actually exist.
Western Australian processor Harvey Beef has partnered with the Kimberley and Pilbara Cattlemens Association in launching a new Rangelands beef brand this week, carrying a strong animal welfare component as part of its brand messaging.
RSPCA Victoria says a 10-year-old agreement limits its role to investigating animal welfare issues on farms to incidences where 10 or fewer livestock are involved.
Victoria’s peak farm lobby group wants Agriculture Victoria to be given the undisputed authority to regulate commercial farming zones, and for the RSPCA’s role to be confined to watching over domestic animals.
The Australian Pesticide and Veterinary Medicine Authority (APVMA) has extended the approved use of Tri-Solfen anaesthetic and antiseptic topical application to include the alleviation of pain in calves.
Government and industry roundtable meetings on animal welfare last year discussed whether animal rights groups should be stripped of their charitable status if they trespass on farmland in their attempts to expose animal cruelty.
Animals Australia is calling for mandatory notification of livestock producers whose animals have been involved in breaches of live export regulations.
The livestock export industry appears to be on track to adopt a new animal welfare assurance program, over and above the Government-administered Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System (ESCAS).
Calls have intensified for independent vets to be placed on livestock export shipments, for the establishment of an independent authority to oversee the trade, and for a full review of live export standards, in the wake of criticism of industry welfare standards by a former long-serving industry veterinarian.
The Australian Livestock Exporters’ Council says livestock exporters to Vietnam have taken steps in response to allegations by Animals Australia of animal cruelty towards exported Australian livestock in advance of the evidence being provided to them.