WAFarmers is pleased to see the introduction of Senator Backs’ animal protection bill which aims to reduce malicious cruelty to animals and protect lawfully operating animal enterprises.
The Bill would require a person who obtains visual images of what they believe to be malicious cruelty to animals to report it to a responsible authority without delay.
It would also address illegal interference in the conduct of lawful animal enterprises and protect workers associated with such an enterprise from intimidation, threats or attacks as well as prohibiting trespassing onto, or vandalism of, such enterprises.
WAFarmers President Dale Park said this is a step forward for animal welfare because it ensures that perpetrators of animal cruelty will be reported promptly, empowering investigators to act more quickly.
“The amendment lessens the possibility of stock owners being ambushed by animal activists,” Mr Park said.
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