The Federal Government is considering introducing ag-gag legislation to parliament in the form of the Criminal Code Amendment (Animal Protection) Bill 2015.
The Bill targets investigators and whistleblowers by forcing them to handover undercover footage immediately, introducing harsh penalties for individuals and significantly reducing their capacity to gather evidence of systemic animal abuse.
If passed, this Bill will affect animals on factory farms, puppy farms and potentially all other animal industries. Even the recent exposé of animal cruelty within the greyhound racing industry would likely be a criminal act under this law.
The animal protection community is in agreement that this Bill unfairly targets investigators, rather than focusing on the perpetrators of animal cruelty. The following organisations have joined us in speaking out against the Bill:
Now is the time to speak up and voice your opposition to ag-gag in Australia.
What you can do
- Find your state Senate representatives here.
- Write to them using the below email template.
Subject: I oppose Senator Back’s ag-gag Bill