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New animal cruelty reporting legislation due next year

Sheep Central | By Terry Sim, 08 December 2014 A Bill to protect animals under the Criminal Code would not punish whistleblowers or stop employees from reporting cruelty, veterinarian and Senator for Western Australia Chris Back said today. The proposed legislation will require anyone taking visible images of action they believe to be malicious cruelty [...]

December 8th, 2014|Animal Welfare|Comments Off on New animal cruelty reporting legislation due next year

Farmers warned about image and scandalmongers

NZ Farmer.co.nz | Tony Benny | August 5, 2014 Wool producers need to make sure they're squeaky clean environmentally and above reproach in their treatment of stock if they want their product to be welcomed in international markets, says New Zealand Merino global partnerships manager Dave Maslen. "One little scandal, one little skeleton in the [...]

August 13th, 2014|Animal Welfare, Sustainability|Comments Off on Farmers warned about image and scandalmongers

NewMerino developing shearing Code of Practice

Consistent with our commitment to animal welfare and the ethical treatment of animals NewMerino® is working in conjunction with the Shearing Contractors Association of Australia (SCAA) to develop and implement a Code of Practice for shearers and the operations of shearing teams in Australian shearing sheds. The Code will conform to best practice standards outlined [...]

August 1st, 2014|Animal Welfare|Comments Off on NewMerino developing shearing Code of Practice

PETA slammed for delayed reporting promptly

Weekly Times | July 16, 2014 | Cimara Doutré and Nicola Bell PETA have been slammed for not reporting animal cruelty to authorities for up to 12 months ANIMAL activists witnessed animal cruelty in Australian shearing sheds for up to 12 months before reporting it to authorities.  US-based People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals [...]

July 16th, 2014|Animal Welfare|Comments Off on PETA slammed for delayed reporting promptly

Shearers defend industry after PETA video

Weekly Times | July 15, 2014 | Nicola Bell THE shearing industry has defended its profession against videos released by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals last week showing shearers abusing sheep.    Formal shearer training is conducted in Australia Shearing contractors Jason and Diddi Wingfield, of Baldwin Shearing, at Cobram, said [...]

July 16th, 2014|Animal Welfare|Comments Off on Shearers defend industry after PETA video

Vic shearer gives Peta open invite

Rural Press | The Land | 11 July, 2014 | Dannika Bonser A VICTORIAN shearing contractor has invited PETA to spend a day in the shed with one of her shearing teams. Emma Morvell has run Central Shearing out of Ballarat for the past 11 years. “They have painted a five minute video of people doing the wrong thing when they could have posted hours of people acting humanly, kindly and doing the right thing,” she posted on the group’s Facebook page. “I would personally like to invite PETA to visit a professionally run team of Australian shearers and see if they hold the same views afterwards.” PETA is calling on shoppers worldwide to boycott the wool industry by not choosing woollen garments at the checkout. […]

July 11th, 2014|Animal Welfare|Comments Off on Vic shearer gives Peta open invite

H&M Stops Using Angora Rabbit Fur After PETA Investigation

One Green Planet  | December 2, 2013  and CBS News The Swedish clothing giant H&M has just announced that they will immediately halt production of clothes made with angora hair, after an undercover investigation by PETA revealed the horrific production methods of angora farming from factories in China (where 90 percent of angora wool is produced for world markets).  graphic video  […]

December 8th, 2013|Animal Welfare|Comments Off on H&M Stops Using Angora Rabbit Fur After PETA Investigation

Mulesing deadline alive again

Weekly Times   January 2, 2013-01-05  Sarah Hudson ANIMAL activists have set a new deadline for Australian wool growers to cease mulesing. Animal Liberation NSW executive director Mark Pearson has demanded producers abandon the controversial practice, where skin is removed from the rear ends of sheep to prevent fly-strike, by January 1 next year. Mr Pearson [...]

January 2nd, 2013|Animal Welfare, Mulesing|0 Comments

Values key to agriculture’s social licence

Stock Journal | BY DEANNA LUSH | 16 Jul, 2012 LIVESTOCK farmers are being urged to reclaim the moral high ground in the animal welfare debate by understanding that values – not science – drive the public’s perception of agricultural practices. United States Center for Food Integrity chief executive Charlie Arnot said values were the foundation for building trust and questions for agriculture were ethically-based testing farmers’ values such as compassion, responsibility, respect, fairness and truth.  But he said the industry had responded to public concern with claims motivated by science and knowledge, which did not address ethical questions. Speaking at the recent LambEx 2012 conference in Bendigo, he said the old model of attacking industry critics and relying solely on science in the argument would not protect farmers’ freedom to operate, called their “social licence”. “We have to give customers, policy-makers, community leaders and consumers permission to believe that contemporary animal agriculture is consistent with their values and expectations,” he said. […]

Building trust to benefit agriculture

The Land | BY COLIN BETTLES | 20 Jul, 2012 Australian agriculture could soon benefit from having a local branch of the highly successful US Center for Food Integrity (CFI). CFI chief Charlie Arnot outlined plans to establish a similar model in Australia during an address to leading Australian farming organisations at the National Farmers’ [...]

August 11th, 2012|Animal Welfare, Mulesing, Sustainability|0 Comments