The group welcomed the release by Animal Health Australia, of all major submissions to the poultry animal welfare standards and guidelines public consultation process that finished up in February this year.
CEO John Dunn highlighted that the number of submissions shows that animal welfare is an issue that the community cares deeply about.
“EFA members have heard and will respond. Action must be taken and industry is committed to leading that action. That’s why EFA will support a regulated cap on the construction of conventional cage egg farms until we can demonstrate the public supports this production system,” said Dunn.
“We’re also going to double-down on being more open, more transparent and more accountable to community concerns. We produce 16 million eggs every day for Australians and it’s important that we are farming with the support of the community.”
EFA’s public consultation process included a farm open day and online engagement to give the public an insight into their farming practices.
“Some of the listening was hard. There’s a lot of genuine concern and a lot of misconceptions out there,” Dunn revealed. “Our response during the consultation and going forward is to open our farms, engage on important welfare issues and be relentless in always improving our animal welfare practices. Commitment to openness and transparency is a commitment from EFA members who are proud of their role as champions of continual improvement in welfare, we’ve always maintained this commitment and that’s why we support making standards and guidelines law.”