Australia: New Appointment of Independent Inspector General for Animal Welfare and Live Animal Exports.


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Today is an important day for animal welfare in Australia.

Hundreds of thousands of people have called for more accountable and transparent animal welfare standards, and today we’ve won.

Thanks to your voice the Rudd Government is today announcing an Independent Inspector-General of Animal Welfare and Live Animal Exports.

This is a big step forward in protecting animal rights, and animal welfare groups including the RSPCA and WSPA have welcomed the announcement.

This new Inspector General will:

  • Provide assurance and oversight – similar to an audit function – of the role of Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry as the regulator of live animal exports.
  • Ensure that the regulator is working within the regulatory framework.
  • Review the regulator’s compliance and investigations function.

Last time I wrote I promised you I’d keep fighting to ensure that Australian animals are treated more humanely.

I know that there’s still more to be done, but I hope you’ll take a moment to celebrate what you’ve been able to do – your voice has made a real difference.

Steve Georganas

Member for Hindmarsh

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