The Commonwealth Government is undertaking a consultation process on national free range egg labelling standards, and is calling for public comment. This is an ideal opportunity for individuals and organisations concerned about both animal and consumer protection matters to have their say on the meaning of free range.
Ag-gag legislation has raised its ugly head once again in South Australia with the reintroduction of the Surveillance Devices Bill 2015. After being successfully defeated in 2014, the SA Labor Government has introduced an amended Bill which limits the distribution of evidence of animal abuse to the public.
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.
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.