Legistrative Council E-Petitions

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Ban the Culling of Non-Productive Farm Animals
The Petition of certain citizens of the State of Victoria draws to the attention of the Legislative Council the exception within the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1986 which allows the routine slaughter of baby male goats and calves in the dairy industry and male chicks in the egg industry as they are considered useless.

On 4 September 2019, footage emerged from a goat dairy farm in Australia, which portrayed male goat kids being routinely shot in the head with a captive bolt gun just hours after being born for the simple reason that, as males, they are unable to produce milk.

This type of practice is standard within the animal agriculture industry. Male chicks are ground up alive on their first day of life in a macerator as they are unable to produce eggs. Bobby calves from the dairy industry either receive blunt force trauma to the head or are sent to the slaughterhouse within their first week of life as they are unable to produce milk. These practices have also been captured in footage obtained within Australian farms and slaughterhouses.
The petitioners therefore request that the Legislative Council call on the Government to immediately remove the exemption of farm animals under section 6 of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1986.
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Mr Andy Meddick