Thursday 4 June 2020
The Victorian Government has today tabled its report in response to the Victorian Parliament’s inquiry into animal rights activism, and in doing so, have committed to changes, some never seen before in Australia, including:
- A commitment to call on the Federal Government to establish an Independent Office of Animal Protection, which is also Animal Justice Party policy;
- A commitment to be transparent about brutal routine farming practices (eg chick maceration, blunt force trauma/sledgehammering as a form of euthanasia) and look into alternative practices;
- A commitment to review and modernise the state’s Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act.
The Government also accepted the recommendation to install CCTV in slaughterhouses and abattoirs, an important development in light of the recent Cedar Meats coronavirus outbreak, further proving the need for consumer transparency in slaughterhouses.
Animal Justice Party MP Andy Meddick has vowed to hold the Minister for Agriculture to account to ensure her commitments are kept and implemented as soon as possible.
Quotes attributable to Andy Meddick:
“The adoption of Animal Justice Party policy in this government response is a red letter day for animals. If they are serious, if these are now their positions, I am truly grateful, and look forward to their implementation as soon as possible.”
“The best way to protect animals from cruelty is simply by not eating them. However these commitments are significant progress towards a kinder world, and more consumer transparency about the extreme cruelty many Victorians are unknowingly supporting when they sit down to eat.”
“As Victoria grapples with the consequences of a pandemic from a zoonotic disease, there has never been a more important time to have the discussion about our relationship with animals.”
“The COVID-19 pandemic has made it clear that meat handling facilities are much more susceptible to disease outbreaks, and transparency through CCTV will not only allow consumer transparency on animal welfare, but would also ensure proper hygiene standards are being adhered to.”
Please note: an earlier version of this media release stated the recommendation for CCTV in slaughterhouses had not been accepted. This was an error, and that recommendation has also been supported by the Victorian Government. As a result, quotes have also been updated accordingly.