Join us in the fight against ag-gag

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

  1. Find your state Senate representatives here
  2. Write to them using the below email template. 

Subject: I oppose Senator Back’s ag-gag Bill

 
To [name your Senate representative],
 
I am writing to express my concern about the introduction of Liberal Senator Chris Back’s ag-gag Bill, entitled the Criminal Code Amendment Animal Protection Bill 2014 (Cth).
 
I’m worried that rather than punishing the perpetrators of animal cruelty, this Bill will unfairly target undercover investigators and investigative journalists who expose animal cruelty. The Bill will also target whistleblowers, who will be deterred from exposing animal cruelty in their workplaces due to fear of losing their jobs.
 
Without undercover investigations, systemic animal cruelty in factory farms will escape detection. Instead of targeting the messengers, legislators need to focus on ways to strengthen the monitoring and enforcement of existing animal protection laws.
 
For these reasons, I respectfully urge you to oppose this Bill. 
 
Yours sincerely,
[Your name]