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Time to act on Office of Animal Welfare

It is time for Labor MPs to put their money where their mouth is and make good on supposed support for an Independent Office of Animal Welfare, said Australian Greens spokesperson for animal welfare Senator Lee Rhiannon. 

“Reports that a group of Labor MPs will again push for an Independent Office of Animal Welfare are wearing thin in the face of almost two years of feet-dragging by Agriculture Minister Joe Ludwig”, said Senator Rhiannon.

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Budget estimates - Lee questions Department of Agriculture about animal welfare codes

Australian Greens animal welfare spokesperson Lee Rhiannon questions representatives of the federal Department of Agriculture about revision of animal welfare codes.

Senate Estimates - Monday, 11 February 2013

RURAL AND REGIONAL AFFAIRS AND TRANSPORT LEGISLATION COMMITTEE

Biosecurity-Animal
Ms Karen Schneider, First Assistant Secretary

Dr Andrew Cupit, Assistant Secretary
Dr Bob Biddle, Assistant Secretary
Mr Simon Smalley, Assistant Secretary, Animal Welfare

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Greens: abattoir cruelty in Israel more evidence of need to end live exports

The Minister for Agriculture Joe Ludwig can no longer brush off mounting evidence of the inability of the government's new live exports regulatory system to end animal cruelty as witnessed on last night's report on ABC TV 7.30 which focused on the Israeli Bakar Tnuva abattoir, says Australian Greens animal welfare spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon.

"Shocking footage taken by an animal welfare campaigner again puts in stark relief the inability of the ESCAS scheme to guard against cruelty in overseas abattoirs," Senator Rhiannon.

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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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