World Farm Animals Day

Greens MP Lynn MacLaren will call for more humane laws governing factory farming at a rally to mark the world event to end animal cruelty this Saturday at 1pm on the Fremantle Esplanade. Other speakers include Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt, Stop Live Exports’ Sandie Rawnsley, and Maylands MP Lisa Baker (ALP).

"Recently Australian's reacted strongly to evidence of cruelty in live exports.  Here is a chance to show we wouldn't want pigs, chickens, or other farm animals, suffering either" said Ms MacLaren.

On Sunday Greens MPs around Australia called for law reform.  To highlight World Farm Animals Day, Federal, State and Territory Greens MPs responsible for animal welfare joined together to renew the Greens call for an urgent end to live exports and a rapid shift to more humane laws covering factory farming.

World Farm Animals Day
, launched in 1983, honours the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, an outspoken advocate of non-violence towards animals.  This year more than 20 countries around the world will take part in activities to mark the event.

Greens Senator and animal welfare spokesperson Lee Rhiannon said "The shift in public opinion which saw the federal government start to act on live exports, in the wake of the Four Corners report is significant.

"The public support a new regulatory deal which provides a humane living environment for chickens, pigs cattle and sheep.

"Governments across Australia, which enjoy a cosy relationship with agribusiness, have been dragging the chain.

"The current regulation of live exports and factory farming in Australia reflects a view that farm animals are primarily commodities to make profit, not sentient beings.

"Australia lags dangerously behind other nations, with EU laws resulting in initiatives such as banning sow stalls, battery cages and veal crates.

"The Greens back the phasing out over time of intensive meat, dairy and egg production.  In the interim we need stronger, uniform regulation at federal and state levels to better protect farm animals.

"Consumers are interested in making more informed and ethical choices, but they are often kept in the dark about what they are eating.

"I am looking forward to working with my state colleagues on a nationwide campaign to strengthen animal welfare laws" Senator Rhiannon said.

WA Greens MP and animal welfare spokesperson Lynn MacLaren said "State laws need to be strengthened in response to growing concerns about treatment of animals and deceptive labelling."

"The WA Greens will be looking at ways to protect the rights of animals in legislation.  When WA practices and the existing Animal Welfare Act fail to prevent cruelty, tougher legislation is needed."

Contact: Lynn MacLaren MLC, 0403 721 951,   Lee Rhiannon 0487 350 880

World Farm Animals Day  http://www.wfad.org/

The Fremantle rally marking the World Event to end Animal Cruelty this Saturday includes live band Dilip "N" the Davs, The Eco Fairies, educational and merchandise stalls, a kiddies area, raffles and more.