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Monday, May 23 • 17:00 - 18:00
Ag-gag laws for Australia? Implications for livestock industries and the public's right to know

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Ag-gag legislation can be broadly described as any law or legal instrument, which in form or operation, has the effect of impeding public and political communication about agricultural practices, particularly relating to the treatment of animals. Such laws have been vigorously pursued in the United States as a means of addressing the increased use of private surveillance devices to expose cases of farm animal cruelty. Some legislators in Australia are now pursuing a similar legislative agenda. This presentation will review the nature of ag-gag laws, the debate in the US, and the proposals for Australia. The potential long-term implications for livestock industries will be considered and alternative strategies to achieve the same ends will be proposed.


Jed Goodfellow

Dr Jed Goodfellow is the Senior Policy Officer at RSPCA Australia and a Lecturer in Animal Law at Macquarie University. He recently completed his PhD thesis examining the animal welfare regulatory framework within the Australian agricultural sector. Prior to undertaking his postgraduate... Read More →

Monday May 23, 2016 17:00 - 18:00 ACST
Hall N Adelaide Convention Centre