An investigation in Vietnam by animal protection group Animals Australia, exposed Australian animals being sledgehammered to death on a nightly basis in an abattoir in Hanoi.
This month, the South Australian Greens tabled a Bill that would protect animal advocates from oppressive ag-gag laws, which were passed into South Australian law earlier this year.
Animal welfare is a serious public policy issue, but so far Australia falls well behind other nations when it comes to how we treat our animals. Elise Burgess from animal protection institute Voiceless says it’s time to give animals a political voice and ensure their interests are put on the national agenda.
This Federal Election year, it’s time for our political leaders to show leadership in the animal protection space and commit to introducing an Independent Office of Animal Welfare.
Voiceless has joined fellow animal organisations World Animal Protection and RSPCA Australia in a ‘Day of Action’ calling for leadership on animal welfare ahead of the 2016 Federal Election. As part of this ‘Day of Action’, this collective of organisations is calling for the major parties to recognise that animal welfare is a serious public policy issue for Australians and to reinvest in the Australian Animal Welfare Strategy.