- WA Government dissents from proposed Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines for Poultry
- Further consultation with industry and animal welfare stakeholders to take place
The Western Australian Government has raised concerns about proposed Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines for Poultry in their current form.
Under the leadership of Animal Health Australia, national standards and guidelines for the welfare of poultry have been drafted in collaboration with State and Territory governments and key industry and animal welfare stakeholders.
The draft National Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines for Poultry, released for public consultation today, in many ways maintain the status quo on the use of battery cages and stocking densities for chickens.
The WA Government is also concerned that the draft standards do not reflect the latest scientific work on animal welfare, as reflected in the Victorian Government's Farmed Bird Welfare Science Review.
The McGowan Government has introduced to State Parliament, amendments to the Animal Welfare Act 2002 that would enable endorsed national standards and guidelines, such as those on livestock transport, to be enforced in Western Australia.
Comments attributed to Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan:
"While the WA Government supports national standards for animal welfare and is amending State laws to allow their enforcement, these standards must meet modern community expectations and be backed by science.
"There is clear community support for better conditions for egg-laying chickens.
"We will be consulting further with the poultry industry and animal welfare groups to chart a course forward for Western Australia over the next three months."
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