FARM ANIMAL welfare
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The traditional view of farming is green fields full of grazing animals, or animals lying in straw in barns, with hens scratching around in the farmyard. Sadly this picture is far removed from the reality of life on the modern farm. The vast majority of farm animals never see the daylight or feel the sun on their backs. Millions of animals spend their entire lives in cages, stalls or huge, windowless sheds where they can barely move. The cramped conditions in which thousands of animals can be kept in one building is known as 'factory farming'. For further information click here.
Humane Choice Label
With the recent media coverage of dubious free range produce HSI wants to take the guesswork out of consumer decision making where animal welfare standards are concerned. Humane Choice is the certification scheme launched by HSI in 2006 to improve the welfare standards of farm animals across Australia and New Zealand. For more information visit the HUMANE CHOICE Website using this link.
Truth In Labelling
As consumer understanding and sentiment continues to grow in regards to animal welfare and the suffering of animals, many consumers are wanting to make informed choices on the animal-derived food products they purchase and are increasingly looking to organic and free range produce, among others, only to be met with an endless variety of undefined terms or labels that are completely void of any information on the farm production method.
Sheep Welfare and eliminating Mulesing
HSI believes that husbandry practices such as mulesing that cause pain, suffering and distress to animals must be addressed and eliminated. The practice has been banned in New Zealand but continues to be used to combat flystrike in Australia. Fortunately there is a simple solution that could revolutionise the Australian wool industry and HSI is working to expand the use of this technique by getting as many Australian wool farmers on board. Click here to find out more about sheep welfare, and how mulesing and other painful practices can be eliminated throughout Australia.
The UK and US push to make the farm industry more transparent to the public. Click here.