There’s a fight brewing in Victoria, Australia, over the welfare of animals.
A proposed revision of the code regulating animal breeders would allow breeders to euthanize their own animals (currently they can do so only in an emergency and if a vet is not available). The proposal would call for the breeder to use a “humane” method of euthanasia.
On August 5, Agriculture Minister Peter Walsh was asked in an interview on Ballarat ABC Radio about that law. He admitted that shooting an animal or using a blunt instrument, if done appropriately, could be a humane method of euthanasia under the code change.
Here’s a recording of the complete interview.
Not surprisingly, Minister Walsh is now backtracking and claiming his comments were taken out of context. But it was apparent to me, after listening to the interview, that the welfare of animals is not something he cares about.
You can read the proposed code changes here (adobe reader required).
If you live in Victoria, I encourage you to make your feelings about the issue known. The comment period is open only through Tuesday, so please act TODAY. All submissions must be in writing and must include your name, mailing address, and a contact email address.
You can send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Or you can post a letter to:Breeding and Rearing Code Review Bureau of Animal Welfare 475 Mickleham Rd
Please step up and let your voice be heard TODAY.
And a big thanks to Bumpy Road to Bubba for making me aware of this issue.