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Include Animal Welfare Standards in Planning

The well-being of each animal matters. If we can reduce the suffering of animals in factory farms*, we should. We're calling for the inclusion of Animal Welfare as a consideration in planning legislation.

A recent planning application in the Golden Plains Shire (application P22022) drew 26 objections on the basis of animal welfare and human health concerns but these objections were not followed up with an enquiry to Animal Welfare Victoria throughout the planning assessment stage, despite the imminent legislation of significantly improved standards for Poultry.

The benefits of bringing animal welfare considerations into planning legislation include:

*The AJP does not endorse factory farming. Our Farming Policy states "we will prioritise the phase-out of factory farming." Addressing planning is one of many steps it's going to take to phase out factory farms in Australia.

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