The Surveillance Devices Bill 2015 will be debated in the South Australian Legislative Council over the next couple of weeks. Now is the time to tell South Australian MPs that further amendments to the Bill are necessary to ensure animal abuse isn’t swept under the carpet.
World leaders will soon gather in Paris for the UN Climate Change Conference to forge a new global climate deal. The overarching goal of the conference is for a universal agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and halt temperature rises, but one of the most significant contributors to global warming is likely to escape without even a mention – animal agriculture.
Federal Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce has announced over $800,000 in grants to boost access to Asian markets for exporters of kangaroo meat. This is despite persistent problems with animal cruelty, hygiene and sustainability.
Last year we recorded a major win in the fight against ag-gag, when the Surveillance Devices Bill 2014 failed to pass the SA Legislative Council. The Bill was reintroduced into the SA House of Assembly last month, and while it has a number of amendments, concerns remain around the Bill’s potential to inhibit free speech and the ability to distribute evidence of animal abuse to the public.
Over the weekend of 19-20 September, teams of budding animal lawyers gathered at Melbourne University for the 2015 Australia and New Zealand Intervarsity Moot on Animal Law (ANIMAL). Here our Junior Legal Counsel recounts the weekend.