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Re: SA government to take over farm animal inspections
« Reply #2 on: April 05, 2012, 11:06:31 AM »
It is no wonder that Family First Upper House MP Robert Brokenshire has taken this position.

He is a dairy farmer...says it all.

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SA government to take over farm animal inspections
« Reply #1 on: April 01, 2012, 05:07:49 PM »
THE RSPCA would no longer have the power to inspect animal welfare standards on South Australian farms under a change to livestock legislation.

Family First Upper House MP Robert Brokenshire moved the amendment because he believed animal welfare inspection should be the responsibility of the government, and not passed on to an overloaded RSPCA.

However, it is understood the change could cost the government an extra $500,000 to $700,000.

"Animal welfare for agriculture should be primarily under the policing powers of Primary Industries and Resources SA," Mr Brokenshire told Parliament during debate on the amendment, which passed and will now need to be approved by the Lower House to become law.

"I think it is a huge ask of a charity, and the right place to have the policing powers is within PIRSA."

Mr Brokenshire said the RSPCA received about $200,000 from the government for inspection work but he did not want this funding diverted away from the organisation which "has a lot on its plate".

Agriculture Minister Gail Gago argued against the amendment saying it would be perceived as "watering down and selling out animal welfare in the livestock industry".

"We believe the RSPCA is best placed to deliver these services," she said.

"The current arrangements have served us very well, and I think to make changes to that, in the way that Mr Brokenshire's amendment does, could have an adverse impact on the livestock industry."

Ms Gago said Mr Brokenshire's suggestion that the RSPCA be allowed to keep its $200,000 in funding was "quite ironic" given the cost pressure the increased responsibilities would place on PIRSA.

The Opposition and Independent MLC John Darley supported the amendment.

March 28, 2012