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‚Äôs agriculture ministers to act on animal welfare.
‚ÄúThis is an important opportunity for our nation‚Äôs agriculture leaders to show the Australian community that animal welfare is important to them,‚Äù he said.
‚ÄúAustralians are frustrated by the lack of progress on national animal welfare standards for livestock industries.
‚ÄúWe need to see action to transition our nation away from the last remaining battery cages for egg-laying hens.
‚ÄúWe need to see action to assist producers to move away from reliance on the cruel live sheep export trade.
‚ÄúAnd we need to see action to help Australia‚Äôs livestock industries build trust with the broader community around their animal welfare credentials.
‚ÄúIn 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‚Äôs meeting.