All animals deserve to be treated humanely. In Australia, that means ensuring that livestock are healthy and happy throughout their lives.
Cases of animal cruelty are just as distressing to Australian farmers as they are to the broader community. The industry knows that ensuring good animal health and wellbeing is not only a legal requirement, it’s also the right thing to do.
To Australian farmers, treating livestock humanely means:
The Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines were created to harmonise and streamline livestock welfare legislation across Australia. The standards form the basis for developing and implementing consistent legislation and enforcement across Australia.
The standards include:
To help farmers demonstrate that their on-farm handling of livestock is consistent with these standards, the industry developed the Livestock Production Assurance program, with a focus on animal welfare.
Humane treatment means ensuring dogs are under effective control
The Australian red meat industry has been proactive in creating new frameworks to support the industry’s commitment to best practice animal health and welfare. The Australian Beef Sustainability Framework was launched in 2017 and The Australian Sheep Sustainability Framework was launched in 2021. These frameworks define sustainable production and track the performance of key priorities, including animal welfare, over time.
The industry also continues to invest in research projects to address animal welfare concerns and ensure continuous improvement in animal welfare practices. Current research and development areas include:
The Australian livestock export industry works with export markets to raise animal welfare standards right through the supply chain.
The transportation of livestock in Australia is tightly regulated to ensure livestock arrive without stress or injury.