Animal protection group awarded standing in the Federal Court

CREDIT: JO-ANNE MCARTHUR, WEANIMALS.ORG

CREDIT: JO-ANNE MCARTHUR, WEANIMALS.ORG

Although their appeal was ultimately dismissed, the animal protection group Animals Angels was found to have standing in bringing their case against the Department of Agriculture. The Full Court of the Federal Court rejected Animals Angels statutory construction of the Australian Meat and Livestock Industry Act 1997 (Cth), concluding that s 23 of the Act did not conferred a discretionary and permissive power on the Department.