Just like you do.
Australia’s cruellest farming device — the battery cage — has been under review.
This could be a breakthrough for animals. Or, it could lock in more cruelty, for decades.
Egg industry bosses have had their say: they want to keep hens in cages.
Now, it’s up to us to get help get hens out of cages.
Count me in!
159,360 kind people made submissions calling for an end to battery cage cruelty. The consultation is now closed, but you can add your name in solidarity!
My thoughts about proposed welfare standards for farmed birds follow.
Comments on Regulatory Impact Statement Options
Included in the RIS are the following options:
Option A: Maintain the status quo (i.e. the base case as described in Part 4.2 of the RIS);
Option B: convert the proposed national standards into national voluntary guidelines (the minimum intervention option) in addition to the base case;
Option C: adopt the proposed standards as currently drafted, which would replace in the MCOPs in the base case;
Option D: vary the proposed standards (option C) to phase out conventional cages for chicken layers over 10 or 20 years in favour of alternative systems ‘typical’ free range/barn/aviary or furnished cages. (nest/perch/space/forage).
A: I don’t back this option at all. Keeping things as they are would be utterly unacceptable in my opinion.
B: I am totally opposed to this option. This option still won't allow guidelines to be enforced.
C: I don't believe option C is sufficient. It would require extra caveats added to win my support.
D: I could agree with this option, but only if cages are phased out over 10 years, rather than 20 years. I also want to let you know that I don’t support the option of so called furnished cages.
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This form allows you to send your personal public submission direct to the Poultry Code review (sent to publicconspoultry (at) animalhealthaustralia.com.au). To ensure your submission meets the requirements of the public consultation, it must be accompanied by your full name, and general contact details. Along with your personal submission, these details will be disclosed to the Poultry Code Review panel, as well as your state MP/s (if you choose to send them a copy) and state Agriculture minister.
Full details on the proposed Code can be found here for comment.
You are encouraged to edit or write your own submission by clicking "Read or Edit Submission". Just make sure it is polite and free from profanity.
Anyone can make their voice heard — you don’t need to be an Australian citizen or permanent resident to take action.
Please note that the content of your submission will be treated as public information, in line with the official Review process. Your submission may be published on the website of the Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines. Statements may also be attributed to you in reports produced during the Poultry Code review process.