Establish a National and Independent Office for Animal Welfare

Animal welfare committee scrapped_by Jeremy Story Carter

Target: Tony Abbott, Prime Minister of Australia

Goal: Establish an independent office for animal welfare in Australia in order to better protect animals from harm.

For years, the government of Australia has been lagging behind on its commitment to animal welfare. The Australian population has been seeking animal welfare improvements, though the government has been reluctant. Australia disbanded a national animal welfare framework in 2013 and stepped away from its responsibilities of protecting animals, especially, exported livestock. Without top leadership, the progress in animal welfare has continued to drag over the years.

The government has the power to turn things around and make animal welfare a national agenda. Through animal welfare, the animals will have the opportunity of having a better life. However, the Australian government must step up with much-required leadership to lead this reform. With animal welfare policies in place, it will be possible to coordinate, guide and consult Australia’s states, communities and territories, to better care and protect animals. The move should give Australia’s animals the life they deserve.

The government should be called to step up, coordinate and lead efforts that are aimed at better caring for and protecting of Australian animals. Australians should lobby for change and ask their top leadership to support the introduction of an independent animal welfare office.

An independent office for foreseeing animal welfare is crucial in protecting the welfare of animals in Australia. Though the government introduced an inspector general of animal welfare, that is not enough when it comes to animal protection. The current system is ineffective in providing adequate protection to animals. Animal welfare has been governed by territory and state departments of agriculture, indicating an inherent conflict of interest. An independent office is necessary to harmonize territory and state animal welfare structures. The new office should also help in foreseeing government bodies that have been given the responsibility of regulating and enforcing animal welfare laws.

It is clear that Australians have lost faith in the current bodies that oversee animal welfare, mostly those related to ‘production animals.’ The department of agriculture does not seem like the right body for handling animal matters.

If you would like to see the establishment of an independent animal welfare office, sign this petition.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Tony Abbott,

The Australian community needs better welfare standards for its animals. Australia needs to take charge and offer a better future for animals, and the only way to implement this is through the creation of an independent welfare office.

Leaving the department of agriculture to handle animal welfare issues is clearly a conflict of interest. As a nation of producers, farmers and animal lovers, the expectations and awareness of Australians is growing by the day. Australia needs national leadership and coordination to assist in the better protection of animals. Take charge and see animals receive better treatment and care. It is time to take a stand and establish an independent office for dealing with animal welfare.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Jeremy Story Carter

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