Australian Greens Deputy Leader and Animal Welfare spokesperson Senator Mehreen Faruqi has said that today’s announced Australian poultry standards, which will phase-out battery cages, are long overdue but provide a far too lengthy transition period out to 2036.
Senator Faruqi said:
“The industry has had more than enough time to move away from battery cages. We now need some real action.
“After years of dragging their feet, the industry does not need up to 14 years to transition away from battery cages.
“People absolutely do not want hens being kept in battery cages under such cruel and inhumane conditions for another decade or more.
“The use of battery cages is terrible animal cruelty — there’s really no other way to put it.
“Thousands of people made submissions to the poultry standards review and almost all of them supported a phase-out of battery cages.
“Australia is well behind other countries on the international stage and frankly it’s a travesty.”