Agriculture Ministers meeting an opportunity for much-needed national leadership on animal welfare: RSPCA

RSPCA Australia is calling on state, territory, and federal Agriculture ministers to show leadership on animal welfare ahead of their meeting in Adelaide tomorrow.

The national AGMIN meeting occurs twice a year providing a critical opportunity for high level discussions on matters of national interest concerning the agriculture sector.

RSPCA Australia Chair Gary Humphries AO has called on the nation’s agriculture ministers to act on animal welfare.

“This is an important opportunity for our nation’s agriculture leaders to show the Australian community that animal welfare is important to them,” he said.

“Australians are frustrated by the lack of progress on national animal welfare standards for livestock industries.

“We need to see action to transition our nation away from the last remaining battery cages for egg-laying hens.

“We need to see action to assist producers to move away from reliance on the cruel live sheep export trade.

“And we need to see action to help Australia’s livestock industries build trust with the broader community around their animal welfare credentials.

“In the spirit of cooperative federalism, I trust that our agriculture ministers will come together to agree on a common pathway forward for promoting animal welfare in line with scientific evidence and community expectations.

RSPCA Australia looks forward to learning of the progress made on these and other animal welfare issues following tomorrow’s meeting.