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Ingham abuse at turkey abattoir - overdue Office of Animal Welfare needed

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Lee Rhiannon 21 Mar 2013

Animal cruelty at an Inghams turkey abattoir south west of Sydney is a stark reminder of the need for an animal welfare champion in the form of the long overdue independent federal office of Animal Welfare, says Australian Greens animal welfare spokesperson Lee Rhiannon (ABC Lateline, 20 March 2013).

"Agriculture Minister Joe Ludwig has dragged the chain on establishing an independent Office of Animal Welfare, despite animal welfare groups and several Labor MPs advocating for it for over two years," Senator Rhiannon said.

"As long as animal welfare remains the responsibility of the Minister for Primary Industries, the interests of animals will play second fiddle to the interests of agribusiness which focus on maximising profits.

"The handling and abuse of these big birds would have gone undetected without the detective work of animal welfare groups like Animal Liberation.

"My colleague NSW Greens MP Cate Faehrmann's bill for mandatory CCTV in abattoirs should be embraced by the NSW government, alongside more intensive inspections.

"The culture of factory farming must change and this can begin with the federal government establishing the long overdue federal Office of Animal Welfare," Senator Rhiannon said.

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