Sunday, 24 February 2013

Animal welfare - a growing political issue

From the SMH website:
Greens call for more scrutiny of abattoirs to protect animals:
"Abattoirs and knackeries in NSW would have to video the stunning and slaughtering of all animals, and keep the recordings for at least three months, under laws being proposed by the Greens. On Wednesday, the same day a western Sydney abattoir and one of its former employees face animal cruelty allegations in court, the Greens MP Cate Faehrmann plans to introduce amendments to the Food Act that would make it mandatory for all slaughterhouses to make visual and audio recordings of their operations. Failure to do so could result in a six-month custodial sentence. The concept is not new. A handful of Australian abattoirs already use CCTV voluntarily, the RSPCA says."

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