Australian animal welfare standards and guidelines: land transport of livestock
The animal welfare system in Australia aims to ensure all animals receive a high level of care and treatment. This includes ensuring adequate housing or habitat, handling sanitation, nutrition, water and veterinary care. The draft Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines for Cattle: Land Transport of Livestock have been developed to safeguard the welfare of cattle on and off farms across Australia.
The Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines: Land Transport of Livestock are an important component of the Australian Animal Welfare Strategy (AAWS)—a Federal Government initiative that guides the development of new, nationally consistent policies to enhance animal welfare arrangements in all Australian states and territories.
The standards, based on scientific knowledge and recommended industry practice, provide a basis for developing and implementing legislation and enforcement across Australia, and provide guidance for all people responsible for livestock during transport.
Developed in consultation with State and Territory Governments, livestock industry organisations including ADF, animal welfare groups and the general public under the support of the Animal Welfare Committee, the standards are managed by Animal Health Australia.
The standards include an industry standard for time off feed which requires bobby calves to be processes as soon as possible and that calves must be fed if they have not been processed within 30 hours.
- Ensure the Land Transport of Livestock Standards and Guidelines are reflected in the industry-based quality-assurance programs that include livestock welfare provisions.