Victorian Greens commend Animals Australia campaign

The Victorian Greens support Animals Australia's current "Don’t buy into cruelty" media campaign which highlights the appalling conditions on intensive pig farms in Australia and congratulate 60 Minutes for airing the issue in its broadcast, "The Hidden Truth" last Sunday night.

"Greens around Australia are working with animal rights lawyers and animal protection groups to put a stop to practices that inflict extreme and unnecessary suffering on farm animals," Greens MP Sue Pennicuik said today.

"More than 500 million animals (pigs, battery hens and meat chickens) are subjected to lives of misery, pain and distress in factory farms throughout Australia.

"They endure severe confinement, overcrowding and often filthy conditions which leads to further suffering, illness, injuries, distress and depression," she said.

"Australia is lagging behind countries such as the UK, parts of Europe and the United States that have banned or are phasing out sow stalls. From 2013 sow stalls will be banned in the EU and battery hen cages will be prohibited from 2012.

"Unless labelled otherwise, we must assume that all eggs, bacon, ham and pork products in Australia originate from intensive factory farms.

"The Australian Greens are working for an accurate national labelling system which will identify products that are 'cruelty-free' so people are in a better position to make more informed choices," she said.

"We need to be aware of the ethics of what we eat and make our choices accordingly," Ms Pennicuik said.

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