Sadly, Australia is falling further behind and animals are suffering
When compared with the EU and the UK, Australia is failing farmed animals and community expectations on how animals should be treated.
Mother pigs are routinely kept confined to metal and concrete pens too small to turn around in, laying hens are still crammed into wire battery cages, and reviews of animal welfare laws are lagging years behind schedule.
It comes as a shock to many Australians to discover that farmed animals are denied the protection of cruelty laws that apply to our pets like dogs and cats. Exemptions to these laws serve to legalise treatment like severe confinement and having body parts cut off without pain relief, that would otherwise be criminal cruelty. And it’s the case despite these animals being just as feeling, aware and deserving of kindness.
Learn more about legalised cruelty to farmed animals in Australia.