There’s a fight brewing in Victoria, Australia, over the welfare of animals.
A proposed revision of the code regulating animal breeders would allow breeders to euthanize their own animals (currently they can do so only in an emergency and if a vet is not available). The proposal would call for the breeder to use a “humane” method of euthanasia.
On August 5, Agriculture Minister Peter Walsh was asked in an interview on Ballarat ABC Radio about that law. He admitted that shooting an animal or using a blunt instrument, if done appropriately, could be a humane method of euthanasia under the code change.
Here’s a recording of the complete interview.
Not surprisingly, Minister Walsh is now backtracking and claiming his comments were taken out of context. But it was apparent to me, after listening to the interview, that the welfare of animals is not something he cares about.