Greens standing up for animal welfare
Humane Society International (HSI) commends the Greens for being the only party to offer clear policy commitment to a wide scope of animal welfare issues.
While all parties have made varying commitments to environmental sustainability, animal welfare policies need to be addressed within this national framework.
HSI Director Verna Simpson said that, “Animal welfare issues are increasingly becoming a significant part of broader environmental and sustainability policies which society values and now demands.”
One such example is concern for the humane treatment of farm animals, the associated health and environmental issues, and an increasing consumer demand for humanely produced animal products. In response, the Greens have put forward commitment to phase out intensive farming practices in meat, dairy and egg production; develop an enforceable Australian standard for free-range farming practices for all agricultural animals; ban the importation of animal products produced by methods which do not accord with Australian standards; and promote an accurate national labelling system that identifies products that are ‘cruelty-free’.
Other commendable measures the Greens are promising include:
- Support the research, development and implementation of more humane methods of introduced pest and introduced species management and control.
- Foster community education about the needs of animals and our responsibilities to them.
Verna Simpson concluded, “Animal welfare is an inherent part of good environmental policy. That the Greens recognise this in their election policy portfolio gives us assurance that animal welfare will be addressed within sustainability frameworks.”