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Animal Welfare, Animal Welfare Act 1999

New Animal Welfare Act Amendment Bill Introduced in Parliament

With surprisingly little fanfare or attention, the new Animal Welfare Act Amendment Bill has been introduced into Parliament.  You can download a copy of the Bill and read the government’s statement behind it here.

As promised, it’s got more than just an increase in penalty for wilful ill-treatment.

Watch this space to read my review of the Bill in a few days time…


4 thoughts on “New Animal Welfare Act Amendment Bill Introduced in Parliament

  1. I reckon we need to get a word in for research animals..

    Posted by AaronC | 21 February 2010, 8:54 pm
  2. Sadly, I don’t think that’s going to happen. I’ve been a bit too busy to blog about this, but the draft version of the Bill is not a wholesale review of the Act. On the contrary, it focuses upon things the government is interested in. There’s some good stuff in there, including a new intermediate offence based on recklessness, and a wider definition of what s 28 applies to (wilful ill-treatment causing death, now extended to serious suffering), but that’s it. The Greens will try in Committee to extend the changes being made to affect some other types of animals, but it will be an uphill battle. More on this coming…

    Posted by Peter Sankoff | 22 February 2010, 6:28 pm
  3. If we treated our pets the way factory farmed animals are treated you would be breaking the law. In other words one law for pets. Another for farm animals.

    You might be interested in my book ON THE MENU:ANIMAL WELFARE (website ame name!) – which tells, for the most part, a horror story, NOT imagined, but something that is happening every moment of every day. It draws attention to the animals on factory farms that never see natural light; or the seasons change; or feel the earth beneath their feet. Incarcerated in vast barns their lives are automated, unnatural, controlled as they are treated as nothing more than any other farm product and become grotesque parodies of their natural selves.

    This book describes the whole production process – from before conception to the way the animals we use for food are presented on the supermarket shelves: the chickens, ducks, turkeys and geese; the laying hens, quail and the pheasants reared for sport; the pigs and lambs; the dairy cattle, beef cattle and veal calves; and also the rabbits as well as the fish and shellfish.

    Published by Pen Press and available from Amazon at £8.99; from public libraries in the UK and Ireland; and also Ingrams (in the USA).

    Posted by notafactoryfarmer | 7 August 2010, 8:53 pm
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