An­i­mal wel­fare law gets the green tick

Countryman - - NEWS - Zach Relph

For­ti­fied na­tional an­i­mal wel­fare leg­is­la­tion is set to be en­forced in WA af­ter Agri­cul­tural Min­is­ter Alan­nah MacTier­nan gave the green light to pro­posed amend­ments, end­ing a more than year­long wait for re­form.

On Tues­day, Ms MacTier­nan threw sup­port be­hind Leg­isla­tive Coun­cil par­lia­men­tary com­mit­tee rec­om­men­da­tions on changes to the An­i­mal Wel­fare Amend­ment Bill 2017.

The de­ci­sion al­lows WA to come in-line with most of the coun­try’s an­i­mal wel­fare stan­dards, with Vic­to­ria, Queens­land, North­ern Ter­ri­tory and ACT al­ready com­mit­ted to en­forc­ing the rules.

Ms MacTier­nan con­firmed a con­tro­ver­sial com­pli­ance regime — which al­lowed in­spec­tors un­prece­dented ac­cess to farms, sa­le­yards or ve­hi­cles trans­port­ing live­stock — would not be in­cluded within the up­dated leg­is­la­tion.

How­ever, she told Coun­try­man it re­mained a “pri­or­ity” and sub­ject to fur­ther in­dus­try con­sul­ta­tion.

“In or­der to make progress, we have agreed to pro­ceed with the parts of leg­is­la­tion that will al­low us to make reg­u­la­tions about the na­tional stan­dards and guide­lines,” she said.

“How­ever, we will not pro­ceed with the pro­posed com­pli­ance mech­a­nisms at this stage.

“It is es­sen­tial that a cred­i­ble com­pli­ance regime is in­tro­duced and this will be a pri­or­ity for our broader re­view of the An­i­mal Wel­fare Act. We ex­pect in­dus­try con­sul­ta­tion on the regime to start in the sec­ond quar­ter of next year.”

Na­tion­als WA Agri­cul­tural Re­gion MLC Colin de Grussa, who was part of the par­lia­men­tary com­mit­tee, lauded the an­nounce­ment that in­spec­tors would not be granted un­lim­ited ac­cess un­der Ms MacTier­nan’s lat­est de­ci­sion.

“Al­low­ing in­spec­tors un­fet­tered ac­cess, with­out cause or clar­i­fi­ca­tion of penal­ties, would cast a mas­sive shadow across the agri­cul­tural sec­tor and de­tract from the real in­tent of the Bill,” he said.

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