VALE welcomes news that Dr Bidda Jones, Dr Jed Goodfellow and Dr Meg Good have launched the Australian Alliance for Animals. The Alliance is calling for the formation of an independent national animal welfare commission, a reform which was recommended by the productivity commission in 2017.
At the same time, one of our veterinary colleagues over the ditch, Dr Helen Beattie, former Chief Veterinary Officer at the NZVA has launched Veterinarians for Animal Welfare Aotearoa (VAWA). The start-up aims to provide science-based animal welfare advocacy, creating better lives for animals using knowledge and expertise in veterinary and animal welfare science.
This move by eminent welfare scientists, lawyers and veterinarians is a clear indication that current regulatory systems are "broken" in both Australia and New Zealand. VALE wishes both groups all the best in their endeavours to improve animal welfare.