FAITH is the bird that feels the light when the dawn is still dark.
When it comes to having faith in our politicians, we are sorely tested.
How hard it is to be a believer in the face of so many backflips, false promises, the ducking and diving and lack of compassion that brands governments as “not to be trusted”?
For vulnerable animals, a brief glimmer of light appeared in the darkness when the federal government committed to creating an offi ce of animal welfare and our state government proudly announced a ban on pig sow stalls.
With much fanfare, Primary Industries Minister Bryan Green committed to phasing out sow stalls and enjoyed the status of being the nation’s leader in farm animal welfare. Accolades fl ooded in from near and far. We now hear Green has quietly changed his mind.
It now appears pregnant pigs will continue to suffer, cruelly confi ned in metal and concrete cages so small they can’t even turn around.
Nationally, the federal government has gone back on its commitment to create an offi ce of animal welfare.
Instead, just one person – an Inspector- General of Animal Welfare and Live Animal Exports – is to oversee live exports.
The appointment of one inspector to oversee animal welfare and live export means this person will have an enormous workload on their hands, not least due to the number of live export cases already under investigation.
The push for an offi ce of animal welfare needs to continue.
One inspector- general is not enough to cover the necessary ground. More than a live export watchdog is needed.
The operating practices of many other agencies involved in farming, as well as practices around the breeding of companion animals need attention too.
Animals don’t vote and can’t speak up for themselves.