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Ozzie Opinions Urged on Transport Welfare

by 5m Editor
2 May 2008, at 12:15p.m.

AUSTRALIA - The Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries (DPI&F) is urging North Queenslanders to have their say on proposed Australian Standards and Guidelines for the Welfare of Animals for the Land Transport of Livestock.

Local transport operators, livestock industry organisations, veterinarians, animal welfare organisations, saleyard agents, stock managers, railway officials and members of the public are encouraged to have their say on the new standards, which are undergoing consultation until Tuesday, May 27, 2008.


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"The standards and guidelines will cover the transport of cattle, sheep, horses, goats, deer, alpacas, pigs, camels, buffalo, poultry and ratites"
DPI&F regional project leader Ian Rodger

DPI&F regional project leader Ian Rodger said the standards and guidelines will replace the multiple existing national model codes of practice for transport.

"The standards and guidelines will cover the transport of cattle, sheep, horses, goats, deer, alpacas, pigs, camels, buffalo, poultry and ratites (emus and ostriches)," Mr Rodger said.

"Animal Health Australia, the organisation conducting the consultation, is seeking comments on how well people believe the new standards provide the necessary specifications for the protection of livestock during land transport, and I encourage everyone in the north to have their say.

"They want to know if the associated regulatory impact statement demonstrates the need for the new standards and identifies the key costs and benefits to industry, government and the community.

"If you have questions, or want to discuss the new standards with a DPI&F animal welfare officer, I encourage you to please contact me, or your local officer by calling 13 25 23," he said.

5m Editor