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Proposed poultry standards fall short

The Western Australian Government has raised concerns about proposed Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines for Poultry in their current form.

Under the leadership of Animal Health Australia, national standards and guidelines for the welfare of poultry have been drafted in collaboration with State and Territory governments and key industry and animal welfare stakeholders.

The draft National Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines for Poultry, released for public consultation, in many ways maintain the status quo on the use of battery cages and stocking densities for chickens.

The WA Government is also concerned that the draft standards do not reflect the latest scientific work on animal welfare, as reflected in the Victorian Government’s Farmed Bird Welfare Science Review.

The Government has introduced to State Parliament, amendments to the Animal Welfare Act 2002 that would enable endorsed national standards and guidelines, such as those on livestock transport, to be enforced in Western Australia.

Source: WA Government

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