Published 21 August 2014
Siobhan O’Sullivan, Research Fellow frmo the School of Social and Political Sciences at University of Melbourne and Dinesh Wadiwel, the Director of the Master of Human Rights at University of Sydney contributed an article to The Conversation on the shocking ways in which animal welfare laws fail to truly protect animals.
Think, for example, about animals bred to become food. The floor of a typical factory farm would be enough to reduce even the most hardened human rights lawyer to tears.
Australia’s animal welfare regulatory structure consists of laws, regulations and national codes. In the case of battery hens, the relevant code for commercial egg-laying hensstipulates that modern cages must provide each hen with 550cm2. That is a smaller area than a piece of A4 paper.
If you’re thinking to yourself, “but hens like being highly confined”, think again. The same code allows egg growers to remove hens’ beaks. They do this for one reason: highly confined hens will peck each other to death.
Read the full article on The Conversation Australia.