The RSPCA is concerned about the differences in the regulation of Australian slaughtering establishments across jurisdictions and the current gaps in those regulatory systems. These inconsistencies and gaps must be addressed. Having a consistent regulatory framework to regulate and enforce animal welfare across Australia, will facilitate continual improvement of animal welfare practices at slaughtering establishments.
This report identifies gaps in the regulatory system relating to animal welfare in abattoirs (domestic and export), poultry processors and knackeries and provides recommendations for how these gaps could be addressed to improve animal welfare in the sector. The report was developed to inform the Standards and Guidelines process and to encourage regulators and industry to improve minimum animal welfare standards.