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NZ phases out battery hens, Australia remains cagey

Federal Agriculture Minister Joe Ludwig is under pressure to ensure 12 million plus battery hens in Australia do not continue to live a cruel existence, following New Zealand's decision to ban new cage installation from today and phase out the industry by 2022, says Australian Greens animal welfare spokesperson Lee Rhiannon.

"The responsibility to modernise factory farming to reduce animal cruelty is not on Minister Ludwig's radar and New Zealand's announcement shines a light on his sluggish performance," Senator Rhiannon said.

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Greens back new live export report: economic gains from domestic processing

The Greens say a new report from the World Society for the Protection of Animals, showing an additional 1300 jobs could be created and $204 million injected into the Northern Australian economy if 400,000 cattle were slaughtered locally rather that sent as live exports to Indonesia, boosts the case for a ban on live exports ("Abattoir call to end live exports", The Australian, p 2 today).

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Australian Greens submission to ACCC re Egg Corp 'Free Range' Standard application

Community expectations that factory farmed animals will be treated in a humane way continues to grow in Australia. This welcome development is matched by people increasingly seeking out free range products. They're particularly hungry for free range eggs. "Free range" eggs are the fastest growing part of the egg industry, and in fact are the only segment to grow in sales since 2010, by a substantial 24%. The problem is there is no national Australian Standard or consistent legislated definition of what is a 'free range' egg.

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Tassie win on battery hens, sow stalls: federal action needed

Tasmania's move to ban battery hens and fast track a phase out of sow stalls should push the Gillard government to lead all Australian jurisdictions towards the same goal, says Australian Greens animal welfare spokesperson Lee Rhiannon.

"Tasmania has set a fine example and now is the time for federal action to push for regulatory reform of factory farming in other state and territory jurisdictions," Senator Rhiannon said.

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Live export cruelty continues: Ludwig's regulations fail

Greens MP and animal welfare spokesperson Lee Rhiannon has said that the latest report from the Agriculture Department on the live export trade reveals that the government's own regulations to prevent cruelty are failing.

"The government's commitment to clean up the live export trade is in tatters with today's news that two of the abattoirs where cruel practices occurred were Australian accredited," Senator Rhiannon said.

"Agriculture Minister Senator Joe Ludwig is misleading the Australian public when he argues that the Export Supply Chain Assurance System is working. 

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