PANEL FIGHTS AG GAG BILL IN SENATE HEARING

PANEL TAKES ITS AG GAG FIGHT TO SENATE COMMITTEE HEARING Panel founder and representative Graeme McEwen appeared on Friday 15 May 2015 in Canberra at a hearing of the Senate Standing Committee on Rural and Regional Affairs convened to consider Senator Chris Back’s private member’s Bill to introduce an ag gag law in Australia. Here…

Knuckles fights on

  By a Supreme Court injunction to stop Knuckles (and Zeus) being killed on the day he was scheduled to be put down last year by Geelong City Council, and subsequently by consent orders of VCAT revoking the Council’s declaration that he was a restricted breed dog, the Panel intervened to save Knuckles’ life: view our…

Update: ACT Kangaroo Cull

The Panel’s legal team filed on behalf of the Australian Society of Kangaroos an application to review yesterday morning in the ACT CAT, challenging the Tribunal’s calculation of permissible eastern grey kangaroo kill numbers, having regard to the formula adopted in their reasons for judgement. If upheld, the application for review would have reduced the…

Federal Court find Baiada and Barrter mislead consumers on ‘free to roam’ meat chickens

In 2010 the Panel raised its detailed concerns over an extended period with the ACCC over marketing claims by poultry producers that their meat chickens had been ‘free to roam’ in large sheds. The ACCC subsequently initiated proceedings against Turi Foods, Baiada (owner of Steggles and Lilydale Free Range Chickens), Barrter and the Australian Chicken…

Office of Animal Welfare

At its meeting on 27 November 2012, the Federal Labor Caucus appointed a Live Animal Export Working Group to develop a model for an Office of Animal Welfare and to report back to the Caucus with recommendations by February 2012. Amongst the Working Group’s aims, it will consider the role an Office would play in…

New Zealand to Phase Out Battery Hens

New Zealand is to phase out battery hens by 2022. The new Code of Conduct will allow hens to be kept in colony cages – a larger cage – or in barns. Whilst greater freedom for hens is to be welcomed, the Panel favours free range egg hens. In Australia, the dramatic increase in market…