On Tuesday this week Kelvin Thomson (Member for Wills) and the Member for Fremantle, Melissa Parke, proposed a motion to the Parliamentary Labor Party Caucus calling for the establishment of an Independent Office of Animal Welfare. The motion was carried and below is Kelvin’s subsequent media release regarding this matter:
Kelvin Thomson MP
Federal Member for Wills
Tuesday, 27 November 2012
INDEPENDENT OFFICE OF ANIMAL WELFARE
Kelvin Thomson (Member for Wills) and Melissa Parke (Member for Fremantle) have welcomed the carriage by Caucus of a Motion to have the Caucus Live Animal Export Working Group develop a model for an Office of Animal Welfare.
The proposal will consider the location of the office within government, and the legal status of the office. The preferred model will be presented to Caucus by the end of February 2013.
“We are pleased that the Parliamentary Labor Party has responded to the recent revelations about the disgraceful treatment of Australian sheep exported to Bahrain and Pakistan. We hope that the Live Animal Export Working Party will come up with a model which helps secure decent and humane animal welfare outcomes. We believe this is what Australians want.”
For all media inquiries contact:
Tim Hamilton (Office of Kelvin Thomson MP) on (03) 9350 5777 or 0424 138 558
Ron Mizen (Office of Melissa Parke MP) on (08) 9335 8555 or 0409 447 025