RSPCA WA WELCOMES GOVERNMENT MOVE TO ADOPT LIVESTOCK WELFARE STANDARDS
RSPCA WA welcomes the move by the WA Government to raise welfare standards and guidelines for livestock in WA up to a level consistent with the rest of the country.
Not only will this long overdue move lead to better conditions for livestock in WA, it will bring our standards on livestock management including transport more into line with community expectations.
RSPCA WA has long been advocating for the welfare of livestock to be taken more seriously in WA. Our State has lagged behind the rest of Australia in ensuring the welfare of our cattle, sheep and other livestock. An example of this is the Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines – Land Transport of Livestock. These were endorsed nationally in 2012 but, to date, WA remains the only State in the nation yet to adopt them. The move by the WA Government will see these standards become a reality leading to better conditions for livestock in all phases of transportation throughout WA.
WA Minister for Agriculture and Food, Alannah MacTiernan’s announcement that the government will legislate the Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines under the Animal Welfare Act (2002) means that these minimum standards for animal care and management will be mandatory and legally enforceable.
RSPCA WA President Lynne Bradshaw said: “We have been advocating for better welfare conditions for livestock with the previous government for some time. It is a great step in the right direction for the new Government to legislate the national standards and guidelines; to give the livestock of WA at least a minimum standard of care and management which is consistent with other states, the latest science and public expectations.
“RSPCA WA looks forward to actively participating in the roll out of the national standards and guidelines, and working with stakeholders to ensure the welfare of livestock in WA remains a top priority,” Ms Bradshaw stated.
Richard Schoonraad | Communications Manager
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