“The concentrated nature of the competitively placed chicken meat industry facilitates the adoption of research findings, so long as they provide commercial dividends. What is so encouraging for research providers is that the industry has the wit, intelligence and good sense to embrace discoveries and new technology.”

The Hon John Kerin AM
Chair, Poultry CRC Board and former Minister for Primary Industries and Energy 1983–91

6.4 Key industry drivers - Animal welfare

Meat chicken growers take the welfare of their birds very seriously to ensure their flocks grow well and efficiently, out of respect for the birds and out of recognition of community expectations for the humane treatment of animals.

The industry endorses and abides by the relevant Australian Codes of Practice for the Welfare of Animals (including the Model Codes of Practise for the Welfare of Animals - Domestic Poultry, - Land Transport of Poultry, and - Livestock at Slaughtering Establishments), and relevant State animal welfare legislation.

The ‘National Animal Welfare Standards for the Chicken Meat Industry’, developed in 2008, build on earlier standards to fulfil both the industry’s and community’s expectations of the high levels of welfare in meat chicken farming.

The Standards cover every stage of the chickens’ lives, from the hatchery and chick transport to rearing on-farm, pick-up, transport and the slaughter process. Standards also cover the welfare of breeder flocks. The Standards are supported by guidelines and sample recording sheets, intended to be incorporated into existing company and industry quality assurance programs.

These standards are reviewed regularly to ensure that they continue to meet both community expectations and future advances in understanding of animal welfare.

More information: www.chickenwelfare.com.au

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