Demand an Independent Office of Animal Welfare

Senator Mehreen Faruqi

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Existing national frameworks of animal welfare law continue to excuse acts of outrageous cruelty inflicted on farmed animals in Australia. What millions of animals are needlessly subjected to on Aussie farms borders uncomfortably on the plot of a horror story: hens are incarcerated in bare cages for the entirety of their short lives, afforded only the space the size of an iPad each, never knowing how it feels to spread their wings or even see sunlight; unprofitable newborns are literally blended alive, suffocated, or gassed en masse; mothers are confined in concrete prisons, denied the freedom to even turn around; ducks are denied water, leaving them stranded on dry land in sheds by the thousand; and individuals across all industries are subjected to mutilations without anaesthetic.

This is the horror story reality for animals farmed in Australia. We expect and demand better. You can help end this cruelty and permanently improve the lives of millions by adding your voice to our petition today.

Since the dismantling of Federal Government leadership on animal welfare issues in 2013, there has been a growing black hole into which animals disappear in policy, practice, and protection. Today, acts that spark outrage are met with indifference, excuses, or even legal exemptions to the crime of animal cruelty. When the Abbott Government pulled Commonwealth funding for the only legislative mechanisms designed to provide legal protection and enforcement of animal welfare issues, millions of animals were effectively abandoned by Australian law. Lacking a national framework to fight cruelty, Australia looks like hell on earth for animals.

Together, we can achieve great things. Because animals in Australia are betrayed by our laws, it’s time for our political leaders to commit to establishing an Independent Office of Animal Welfare.

Add your voice today to demand our laws work to stop animal cruelty and suffering.

By establishing a nationwide Independent Office for Animal Welfare, Australia can begin to rectify our sordid history of offering excuses for animal cruelty.

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Existing national frameworks of animal welfare law continue to excuse acts of outrageous cruelty inflicted on farmed animals in Australia.

What millions of animals are needlessly subjected to on Aussie farms borders uncomfortably on the plot of a horror story: hens are incarcerated in bare cages for the entirety of their short lives, afforded only the space the size of an iPad each, never knowing how it feels to spread their wings or even see sunlight; unprofitable newborns are literally blended alive, suffocated, or gassed en masse; mothers are confined in concrete prisons, denied the freedom to even turn around; ducks are denied water, leaving them stranded on dry land in sheds by the thousand; and individuals across all industries are subjected to mutilations without anaesthetic.

Since the dismantling of Federal Government leadership on animal welfare issues in 2013, there has been a growing black hole into which animals disappear in policy, practice, and protection. Today, acts that spark outrage are met with indifference, excuses, or even legal exemptions to the crime of animal cruelty. When the Abbott Government pulled Commonwealth funding for the only legislative mechanisms designed to provide legal protection and enforcement of animal welfare issues, millions of animals were effectively abandoned by Australian law.

Lacking a national framework to fight cruelty, Australia looks like hell on earth for animals.

By establishing a nationwide Independent Office for Animal Welfare, Australia can begin to rectify our sordid history of offering excuses for animal cruelty.