Livestock transport standards review

By: Martin Rusis


Livestock producers have until May 27 to provide input into the development of new animal welfare standards and guidelines being

Livestock producers have until May 27 to provide input into the development of new animal welfare standards and guidelines being written for the land transportation of livestock.

Cattle spokesman for Queensland rural lobby AgForce Peter Hall says national and state industry bodies are putting in responses on behalf of livestock producers but feedback from individual producers will provide a broader perspective as part of Animal Health Australia’s public consultation.

"The standards and guidelines will cover the land transportation of cattle, sheep, horses and almost all other livestock," Hall says.

He says the lobby supports the plan to have standards "essentially replace the existing laws for carriers and producers and the principle that the guidelines won’t be legislated but will instead act as a lead for those involved in livestock transport".

"The protection of animal welfare during the transport of livestock is already high in the minds of primary producers whenever they move animals from property to property or into the marketplace.

"We recognise the need for strong legislation which is harmonised across all states and territories to ensure that the animal welfare requirements are clear for producers, drivers and all involved in the land transport of livestock.

For more information about the Animal Welfare Land Transport Standards and Guidelines visit http://www.animalwelfarestandards.net.au/

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