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And the reason why the pig farming industry decided to phase out stalls is because of public pressure. And how did that public pressure come about?  Because of animal advocates.

Industry never tells it like it is.

Further, the law is written mainly by industry to protect industry with the support of Govt.  The laws allow the industry to continue with their inhumane practices (such as mulesing, dehorning and debudding and worse still without pain relief), insufficient care (such as no mandated requirement to feed and water daily) and poor handling (such as animals may be dropped from a height and carried by one leg).

Then theres the ineffectual and in most cases high level of non enforcement of the laws.  No point in having laws that are ambiguous or not enforced at all...but Australian industry ensures we have both.

Oh yes Australia is at the top of the 'dreadful welfare in developed countries'  tree

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Swiss attorney says Australia should give animals lawyers  ABC Rural  By  Sarina Locke

30.4.2013
   
 
    Antoine Goetschel animal rights lawyer height=227 Photo: Antoine Goetschel Swiss animal rights lawyer, a guest of Voiceless in Australia on a speaking tour (Sarina Locke)
 
An animal law expert from Switzerland is challenging Australia to give animals legal representation in court.

Antoine Goetschel is on a speaking tour hosted by the animal rights group Voiceless.

He's credited with getting animals recognised in the Swiss constitution and for the ban on caged eggs and sow stalls for pregnant pigs.

Mr Goetschel says Australia's welfare standards lag behind many other countries, particularly in Europe.

"Animals (in Australia) are still looked at as simple objects.

"We changed that in Germany, Austria, France, Switzerland.

"It (Australian animal) has no dignity, it has no attorneys, to give animals a voice in criminal cases."

But Australian Pork Limited says over half of Australia's pigs are now produced without sow stalls (the narrow pens used during pregnancy).

Andrew Spencer says the sponsors of Mr Goetschel's visit, Voiceless, have not supported the pig industry's efforts.

"Mr Goetschel has a little bit more homework to do.

"The Australian pork industry is leading the world in consumer-based animal welfare progressive initiatives.

"We are the only industry in the world that has voluntarily committed to phase out the use of sow stalls."


http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-04-30/animal-law-voiceless/4659836