To highlight World Farm Animals Day today Federal, State and Territory Greens MPs responsible for animal welfare are joining together to renew the Greens call for an urgent end to live exports and a rapid shift to more humane laws governing factory farming.
World Farm Animals Day, launched in 1983, honours the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, an outspoken advocate of non-violence towards animals. This year more than 20 countries around the world will take part in activities to mark the event.
Greens Senator and animal welfare spokesperson Lee Rhiannon said, “The shift in public opinion which saw the federal government start to act on live exports, in the wake of the Four Corners report, is significant.
“The public supports a new regulatory deal which provides a humane living environment for chickens, pigs, cattle and sheep.
“Governments across Australia, which enjoy a cosy relationship with agribusiness, have been dragging the chain.
“The current regulation of live exports and factory farming in Australia reflects a view that farm animals are primarily commodities to make profit, not sentient beings.
“Australia lags dangerously behind other nations, with EU laws resulting in initiatives such as banning sow stalls, battery cages and veal crates.
“The Greens back the phasing out over time of intensive meat, dairy and egg production. In the interim we need stronger, uniform regulation at federal and state levels to better protect farm animals.
“Consumers are interested in making more informed and ethical choices, but they are often kept in the dark about what they are eating.
“I am looking forward to working with my state colleagues on a nationwide campaign to strengthen animal welfare laws,” Senator Rhiannon said.
NSW Greens MP and animal welfare spokesperson Cate Faehrmann said, “The NSW government has a responsibility to strengthen animal cruelty laws considering growing public concern for proper treatment of farm animals.
"The NSW Greens will be looking at ways to protect the rights of animals in legislation in the same way that laws protect the rights of the vulnerable and the voiceless. There are basic standards that aren't being followed and should be the priority."
Contact: Lee Rhiannon 0487 350 880, Cate Faehrmann 0433 005 727
More about World Farm Animals Day
Greens MPs at a State level with responsibility for animal welfare: ACT Caroline Le Couteur, TAS Cassy O’Connor, WA Lynn MacLaren, SA Tammy Franks, NSW Cate Faehrmann, VIC Sue Pennicuik.