DEMAND MANDATORY SHADE FOR HEAT STRESSED FARMED ANIMALS NOW
The Animal Justice Party calls on the Minister for Primary Industries, Niall Blair to urgently introduce changes to the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act to make it mandatory for all farmed animals to have access to shade, without exception or excuse. Given that the legal definition of animal cruelty includes “unjustifiably exposed to excessive heat“ all farmers must ensure that every animal in their care has the ability to access and obtain shade under tree-cover or in shelters.
The impact of climate change means that Australia is experiencing higher temperatures during the summer months and more frequent and intense heat waves. Community standards demand that animals confined to paddocks and feedlots must be given shade protection from these extremes in temperature.