Fri, 01 Dec 2017
AUSTRALIA - The Australian Chicken Meat Federation (ACMF) yesterday welcomed the release for public consultation of new draft poultry welfare standards and guidelines.
According to ACMF, these requirements and recommendations for achieving good poultry welfare have been developed in consultation with poultry industries in Australia, government, scientists and animal welfare groups.
This represents a significant step forward for poultry welfare in Australia. At the conclusion of this process, many practices that contribute to good bird welfare, which were previously adopted voluntarily, will become law in all Australian States and Territories.
This will lead to a more robust animal welfare regime across Australia, with appropriate standards embedded in law so that governments can actually enforce acceptable practices and take action should these not be met.
The release of the draft standards and guidelines for public consultation is the culmination of a lengthy and rigorous process, requiring reviews of the science, consideration of standards in other countries, extensive consultation with many stakeholders, and collection and analysis of data to understand what the costs and benefits of the proposed standards will mean for the Australian economy, consumers, industry, and of course the birds themselves.
The ACMF will fully endorse the enforcement of the standards, once in place.
About Standards and Guidelines
Process for developing the draft Poultry Welfare Standards and Guidelines
You can find out further information by visiting the Animal Health Australia website.