Industry views on animal welfare missed

Daniel Andrews has snubbed the views of Victorian farmers by failing to consult with Victoria’s livestock and intensive industries before establishing Animal Welfare Victoria.

Animal Welfare Victoria was announced under the cover of darkness, without consultation with Victoria’s peak farmer group, the Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF) or the Livestock Industry Consultative Committee (LICC).

LICC was established to provide advice to government on livestock industry issues and even though they met days before the announcement, were not consulted.

The VFF described the move as “bowing to an activist agenda”.

The Andrews Government provided little information on how the new body would operate.

Daniel Andrews is taking desperate steps to win over Greens voters in Northcote, at the expense of our regional industries.

It’s incredibly sloppy of the government to be surprising major stakeholders like the VFF with announcements like this.

Our farmers and regional communities have had a gutful of Melbourne-centric Labor putting city votes ahead of our regional industries.

Peter Walsh,

Shadow Minister for Agriculture

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