VICTORY! LABOR VOTES ANIMALS INTO OFFICE
Animals Australia, February
For too long our Agriculture Ministers (responsible for animal welfare)
have been answerable to the very perpetrators of industrialised animal
cruelty. Now there's hope for an end to the conflict of interest with an
Independent Office of Animal Welfare.
relentless last year in their efforts to give our abused live exported
animals a voice but what many may not know is that this fierce advocacy has
done more than that. It is set to deliver all Australian animals the
independent representation they have so desperately needed -- through their
The first critical step has been taken -- with the
Australian Labor party acknowledging the importance of animal welfare to
Australians by voting at their national conference to establish an
Independent Office of Animal Welfare. This is a remarkable development which
has the potential to change the animal welfare landscape in Australia.
Our current system has consistently failed animals for decades. Both at
the Federal and State levels, departments and ministers charged with looking
after animal welfare have as their primary stakeholders the very industries
that cause animals the greatest suffering. With this clear conflict of
interest — the welfare of animals has always come second to the economic
interests of the rural lobby.
This is why in 2012 we still have 500
million animals confined to cruel factory
farms; why we continue to subject animals to the horrors of
live export; why
dairy calves trucked to
slaughter can be legally denied food for 30 hours; and it is why after three
years of consultation sheep and cattle are still not provided with
nationally consistent legal protection.
An Independent Office of
Animal Welfare would have the authority to shape policy and make decisions
that first and foremost are in the interests of the animals. The IOAW
received vehement support from all sides at the ALP conference,
demonstrating the strength of our united voices last year and that animal
welfare is finally acknowledged as an issue of political and national
It's terrific that the IOAW is ALP policy, but we now
need to encourage the government to implement it. If your local Federal
member is in the ALP please contact them today: applaud the ALP for voting
for the establishment of an Independent Office of Animal Welfare, and note
that you look forward to it being established as soon as possible. You have
helped us give animals a voice. Now let's get them an office.