The week in animal welfare: Volume #3

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Want to keep up to date with what’s going on in the world of animal welfare, but not sure where to start?

Never fear!  We’ve assembled a roundup of the most recent must-reads.

So, without further ado, make yourself a cup of tea (or other preferred beverage), get comfortable and have a click through the week in animal welfare:

Productivity Commission backs independent animal welfare agency: The Productivity Commission’s report on the regulation of agriculture was made public this week. It called for greater rigour in the development of national farm animal welfare standards, recommending the establishment of an Australian Commission for Animal Welfare. RSPCA Australia has welcomed this proposal, while others believe that the report was hijacked by “an extreme vegan agenda.”  

Discovery of nearly 200 dead ducks dumped in pit reignites debate over hunting: Victoria’s duck hunting season is currently underway and anti-duck hunting protesters say they have discovered pits containing almost 200 dead ducks at the Koorangie State Game Reserve.

Humane societies hail new egg industry code:  In Canada, a newly released egg industry code has given producers 15 years to phase out battery cages. This move has been called “the most significant animal welfare achievement” in Canadian history.

Barnaby Joyce plan to log old forest will ‘drive animals to extinction’, says expert: Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce has suggested that the threatened species rating of the critically endangered Leadbeater’s possum should be downgraded. This proposal was made in order to allow logging in areas of a currently protected Victorian forest.

Mining company given approval to clear critical koala habitat: A gas company has been given federal approval to clear 54 hectares of koala habitat for new coal seam gas wells on Queensland's Western Downs.

‘Sightings’ of extinct Tasmanian tiger prompt search in Queensland:  ‘Plausible’ possible sightings of a Tasmanian tiger in northern Queensland have prompted scientists to search for the species.

Respect your cat (not that it cares): A fun ode to our feline friends.