Monday, November 14, 2016
Politicians protect corporate crooks in egg industry
The outrageous standard for free range egg production proposed by Ministers for Consumer Affairs is still not set in concrete.To protect unscrupulous producers from prosecution for misleading consumers, new legislation is is being pushed through to change Consumer Law. Farmers and consumers have until December 9 to make submissions. If the amendment is passed, it will effectively nobble the ACCC from launching prosecutions against businesses which breach standards defined by Federal Court Justices. http://www.treasury.gov.au/…/Free-Range-Egg-Labelling-Infor… The political decision to allow intensive poultry farms to be classified as free range makes no sense as the Victorian Government is considering tightening animal welfare laws. Instead of getting bureaucrats to draft laws about things they don't understand it would be better to ensure that animals are kept in conditions as close as possible to their natural environment - rather than in cages, pens or feed lots.