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Live exporters commit to reforms, RSPCA brands changes ‘weak’

Beef Central, 19 April 2018

The Australian Livestock Exporters Council says exporters meeting in Brisbane yesterday committed to a range of additional initiatives to improve animal welfare transparency and accountability, as the industry struggles to maintain public support in the wake of the latest televised footage of animal mistreatment.

Dragging animal welfare through a kangaroo court

Guest Author, 13 April 2018

Activists tend to decry economics as a weak defence of poor behaviour, but this is a naive approach writes the Australian Farm Institute’s Katie McRobert

Live export deaths footage prompts new welfare rules, but no ban

Terry Sim, 09 April 2018

Damning footage of Australian sheep dead and dying in extreme heat and cramped conditions on vessels bound for the Middle East has sparked industry plans for improved welfare measures and transparency.

Video – Is it fit to load?

Beef Central, 26 February 2018

With dry seasonal conditions in large parts of rural Australia, livestock producers are being reminded of their obligations to adhere to ‘fit to load’ animal transport standards and guidelines.

Unsure if it’s fit to load? Send a photo first, CCA and Teys urge producers

Guest Author, 19 February 2018

As seasonal conditions across eastern Australia deteriorate following a lack of summer rain, cattle producers are being urged not to gamble on animal welfare by transporting stock that are not fit to load.

Farmer pleads guilty to animal cruelty charges

Beef Central, 18 February 2018

A 65 year old farmer from Miners Rest, near Ballarat in Victoria, has been fined $20,000 with conviction in the St Arnaud Magistrates Court for offences under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act.

Fit to load data shows livestock industry taking welfare obligations seriously

James Nason, 20 June 2017

The number of animals reported as arriving at export abattoirs in an unfit condition to load indicates that Australian livestock producers, agents and transporters are largely taking their responsibilities under Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines for the Land Transport of Livestock seriously.

Vic truck driver fined $9000 for animal cruelty charges

Beef Central, 01 June 2017

A 60-year-old truck driver from Euroa, in north east Victoria, has been given a $9000 fine with conviction and a two year Conditional Order for failing to feed and provide treatment to his cattle.

Tasmanian farmer fined $50,000 for cruelty to cattle

Beef Central, 04 May 2017

A 76-year-old farmer from Tragowel in northern Victoria has been fined $50,000 with conviction and received a five year Conditional Order for failing to feed and provide veterinary attention to his cattle.

Productivity Commission says Australia needs a national animal welfare agency

Beef Central, 29 March 2017

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.