The Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines for Poultry have been endorsed by agriculture ministers from all states and territories.
The poultry standards were finalised by an Independent Poultry Panel commissioned by all agriculture ministers. The standards are the culmination of an extensive stakeholder and public consultation process and underpinned by contemporary animal welfare science.
States and territories are responsible for implementing the poultry standards.
The poultry standards are one of a suite of Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines that are intended to form the basis of nationally consistent animal welfare regulations to provide certainty to industry, animal welfare organisations, the community and trading partners.
Standards are the animal welfare requirements that will be put into effect in state and territory legislation and must be met under law for farm animal welfare purposes. Guidelines are voluntary and are recommended practices to achieve desirable animal welfare outcomes.
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