Pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion un­der way for poul­try

The Northern Star - Northern New South Wales Rural Weekly - - News -

THE Na­tional Farm­ers’ Fed­er­a­tion (NFF) has called for calm and for the in­dus­try to be af­forded due process as pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion be­gins on the An­i­mal Wel­fare Stan­dards and Guide­lines for poul­try pro­duc­tion.

“The stan­dards and guide­lines are com­pre­hen­sive and ro­bust and one that has a proven track record with other in­dus­tries,” NFF chief ex­ec­u­tive Tony Ma­har said.

“The in­ten­tion of the process is to al­low peo­ple to have their say on what in­dus­try best-prac­tice should look like.”

The NFF is call­ing on all po­lit­i­cal lead­ers and other in­ter­ested par­ties to mean­ing­fully en­gage in the process, with a view to achiev­ing out­comes that best serve an­i­mal wel­fare.

“Pro­cesses such as stan­dards and guide­lines are the mech­a­nisms that en­sure an­i­mal wel­fare is up­held.

“Pre­dis­pos­ing an out­come not only un­der­mines due process, it can also po­ten­tially un­der­mine gen­uine an­i­mal wel­fare out­comes,” Mr Ma­har said.

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