Have you ever wondered why our laws allow hens to be confined in battery cages or mother pigs to be locked away in crates barely bigger than their bodies – despite the science, the evidence and the majority of Australians saying they’re cruel?
It’s because farmed animals like pigs and laying hens have no independent voice at the senior government level. And those who are charged with protecting their welfare – Agriculture Ministers – are first and foremost beholden to the industry that profits from locking hens in cages in the first place. It’s an impossible conflict of interest.
In the video below, Animals Australia’s Legal Counsel explains how a National Commission for Animal Welfare would give millions of animals the independent representation they need – and deserve.