Submission on the Animal Welfare (Live Baiting) Amendment Bill 2015

The Animal Law Institute supported the introduction of the Bill into the South Australian parliament on the basis that it introduced much needed changes to the Animal Welfare Act 1985 (SA). The Bill would introduce positive animal protection measures to the South Australian greyhound racing industry. 

ALI commended the introduction of the Bill. It is a positive step towards increasing penalties for the offences of organised animal fights; live baiting; releasing an animal from captivity for the purpose of being hunted or killed; and selling, supplying, keeping or preparing an animal for such activities. 

UPDATE: The Animal Welfare (Live Baiting) Amendment Bill 2015 has been passed the South Australian Parliament, which means that anyone involved in live baiting in the greyhound racing industry could face up to four years in prison or a fine of $50,000.

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.