Target: Greens Minister Shane Rattenbury
Goal: Applaud ban of cruel forms of factory farming
Greens Minister Shane Rattenbury introduced a bill that would ban three cruel forms of factory farming: pig crates, battery cages, and debeaking. The ACT (Australian Capital Territory) Government recently passed this bill and is actively working towards the humane treatment of animals. Applaud Mr. Rattenbury and the ACT Government for passing this important legislation.
The ACT Government may be the smallest self-governing internal territory in Australia, but its recent accomplishment in banning cruelty is huge. It is the first state/territory to enact such a ban, and it will hopefully not be the last. Mr. Rattenbury decided such legislation was needed in this region because of “shocking” factory farming statistics. After the bill’s passing, he said: “To ban these elements of factory farming gives me great joy but I understand there is more to be done.”
Already, he has done much. It is now illegal to keep pigs in crates so small that they cannot turn around inside them. Without a ban on pig crates, factory pigs are confined to these boxes for life and are sometimes driven insane by the lack of space. These intelligent and sentient creatures are even forced to give birth in confinement.
Battery cages are also now illegal, thanks to Mr. Rattenbury’s bill. Chickens will require more space than tiny cages that don’t allow them to stretch their wings. Debeaking, a process that involves cutting off the tip of a bird’s beak, is outlawed as well.
Australia is now an example to other regions that need to significantly improve anti-cruelty laws, especially since factory farming is legal activity in most developed nations. Tragically, the majority of meat is processed in such factories that inflict great physical and emotional trauma on millions of animals every year.
Applaud Mr. Rattenbury and the ACT Government for passing this progressive bill. It will encourage other regions to adopt similar anti-cruelty laws.
Dear Greens Minister Shane Rattenbury,
The anti-cruelty bill that the ACT Government recently passed is a huge success and an invitation for other regions to support the humane treatment of animals. I would like to thank you for lending your voice for an important public cause.
As a result of your action, pig crates, battery cages, and debeaking are now banned, and we are one step closer to the vision of a world free from factory farming.
[Your Name Here]
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