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Animal law and farming practices state conference 26.4.1

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A presentation by Northern Rivers Community Legal Centre (Australia) to the NSW CLC's state Conference, May 2012

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Animal law and farming practices state conference 26.4.1

  1. 1. http://www.animalsaustralia.org/features/newspaper-ads-speak-up-for-bobby-calves.php Animal Law andFarming Practices Angela Pollard Kimbah Pengelly Northern Rivers CLC
  2. 2. DisclaimerThis presentation is provided for the purposes ofgeneral information and education, and is notintended as specific legal advice on any matter. Ifyou or your client’s have a legal problem youshould consult a lawyer.To the extent permissible by law, the NorthernRivers Community Legal Centre disclaims allliability for any detriment arising from relianceupon this publication.
  3. 3. Overview of the protection of animals under Australian law• Each state and territory has its own animal welfare legislation• New South Wales: Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1979• permissible to be cruel to animals where that cruelty is ‘necessary’, ‘justifiable’ or ‘reasonable’• Lack of enforcement
  4. 4. Necessary and JustifiableMulesing• extremely painful for the animal• exempt from animal cruelty laws because it is deemed necessary and justifiable• does not eliminate the incidence of fly strike• careful husbandry can protect sheep from flystrike without surgery Source: http://syd-film-blog.blogspot.com.au/2010/09/i-am-lamb-712.html
  5. 5. Model Codes of Practice for the Welfare of Animals• Model Code of Practice for the Welfare of Animals: Animals at Saleyards• Model Code of Practice for the Welfare of Animals: Cattle• Model Code of Practice for the Welfare of Animals: Domestic Poultry• Model Code of Practice for the Welfare of Animals: Farmed Buffalo• Model Code of Practice for the Welfare of Animals: Farming of Ostriches• Model Code of Practice for the Welfare of Animals: Feral Livestock Animals• Model Code of Practice for the Welfare of Animals: Husbandry of Captive-Bred Emus• Model Code of Practice for the Welfare of Animals: Intensive Husbandry of Rabbits• Model Code of Practice for the Welfare of Animals: Land Transport of Cattle• Model Code of Practice for the Welfare of Animals: Land Transport of Horses• Model Code of Practice for the Welfare of Animals: Land Transport of Pigs• Model Code of Practice for the Welfare of Animals: Land Transport of Poultry• Model Code of Practice for the Welfare of Animals: Livestock at Slaughtering Establishments• Model Code of Practice for the Welfare of Animals: Pigs• Model Code of Practice for the Welfare of Animals: The Camel• Model Code of Practice for the Welfare of Animals: The Farming of Deer• Model Code of Practice for the Welfare of Animals: The Goat• Model Code of Practice for the Welfare of Animals: The Sheep
  6. 6. Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines. STANDARDS GUIDELINES• will be the legal • are the recommended requirements for practices livestock welfare • will use the word• will use the word ‘should’ ‘must’ • Non-compliance with• provide the basis for one or more guidelines developing and will not constitute an implementing offence under law. consistent legislation and enforcement across Australia
  7. 7. The Process
  8. 8. Animal Health Australia• Manages the development of the Standards• Membership comprises industry bodies including producers, transporters and abattoirs• Funded by Government and industry Source: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/politics/cattle-ban-will-mean-food-shortage-for-indonesias- poor-20110608-1fszg.html
  9. 9. Australian Land Transport Standards and Guidelines• combines seven Models Codes of Practice relating to land transport• replaces provisions on livestock transport appearing in 13 other Codes• applies to the major commercial livestock species; cattle, sheep, pigs, goats, poultry (broilers, layers, turkeys, ducks, geese), ratites (emus and ostrich), buffalo, deer, camels, alpacas and horses
  10. 10. Progress • Land Transport Standards were endorsed by the Primary Industry Ministerial Council in May 2009 • Each state and territory is now responsible for implementation • Mandatory? No • Consistent? Probably not…Source: http://cute-n-tiny.com/cute-animals/top-10-cutest-piglets-youll-see-today/
  11. 11. Case Study: Bobby CalvesSource: http://www.ethicalliving.com.au/2011/03/welfare-at-heart-of-bobby-calves-issue/
  12. 12. Revised welfare standards for Bobby CalvesSource: http://www.animalsaustralia.org/features/bobby-calf-public-consultation.php
  13. 13. Where to from here?• Consistency?• Enforcement?• Improved standards for animal welfare?

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