Farmers, hunters, fishers and those who live in rural communities should be aware the Victorian Government is seeking feedback on a new animal welfare act, says Gippsland East Nationals MP, Tim Bull.
The new Act would replace the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1986 (POCTA Act) and submissions are being received until December 14.
“While we all want to see sensible improvements to animal welfare - not one person would argue against that – it needs to be reasonable and workable.
“What I would not like to see is more protections for those activists who illegally invade farms, unnecessary restrictions on our hunting fraternity, or measures that impact on farmers going about their business.
“We have recently had situations where the Greens and Animal Justice Party have voted with the Government on contentious Bills to get them over the line in the Upper House, including the unpopular CFA reforms.
“This would not be going without return favours and Animal Justice MP, Andy Meddick has in the past championed those who have been involved in farm invasions.
“Rural communities need to be aware this Act is being revisited, changes will be made and they need to be having their say.
“It is important that East Gippsland farmers and those who work in animal-based industries take this opportunity to protect both their animals and their livelihoods from the agenda of the Animal Justice Party,” said Mr Bull.
Information on the new Act and feedback can be provided by completing a survey or making a submission at engage.vic.gov.au
Caption: Gippsland East Nationals MP, Tim Bull, says rural communities need to be aware a new animal welfare act is being prepared and currently receiving submissions.
Monday, November 9, 2020