Response to the introduction of American style ag-gag laws

On 11 February, the Criminal Code Amendment (Animal Protection) Bill 2015 was introduced to the Australian Senate. If this Bill is passed by the Australian Parliament, it will deter whistleblowers, investigators, animal advocates, media and employees from exposing to the public evidence of animal cruelty and ensure the profitability of these industries is safeguarded.

The introduction of ag-gag laws will see the end of major animal cruelty exposés such as the greyhound live-baiting scandal and the mistreatment of animals in factory farms.

UPDATE: On June 16 2015, the Senate Committee on Regional and Rural Affairs and Transport recommended that the proposed Bill be passed through the Senate.

The Animal Law Institute will be conducting a campaign to ensure that this Bill does not become law.