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PUSH TO REVOKE CHARITY STATUS
ALRTA has written to the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission requesting a review of the charitable status of Aussie Farms Inc.
Aussie Farms Inc publishes information detailing the location of more than 3,000 livestock farms and processors where it alleges animal abuse is commercialised. Individuals are encouraged to capture images or videos at these sites to upload onto its online sharing platform.
While ALRTA acknowledges that the Charities Act 2013 lists ‘preventing or relieving the suffering of animals’ as a charitable purpose, the Act also disqualifies purposes such as ‘engaging in or promoting activities that are unlawful or against public policy’.
There are clear laws in Australia that regulate the treatment of animals for commercial or private purposes. Farmers and processors identified by Aussie Farms Inc are not abusing animals.
The information and instructions provided by Aussie Farms Inc incites individuals to engage in illegal acts such as break and enter, trespass and harassment against persons conducting legal farming and processing activities.
ALRTA asserts that the true purpose of Aussie Farms Inc is to facilitate these illegal activities.
This situation is akin to a charitable organisation with the purpose of ‘advancing social welfare’ publishing the names and addresses of high wealth people and then encouraging individuals to capture and upload images of the inside of their homes to ‘illustrate social inequity’. Australians would not stand for the resulting levels of trespass and harassment in that case, and nor should we be expected to tolerate it in the livestock farming and processing sector.
NATIONAL ROAD SAFETY WEEK
ALRTA is proud to support National Road Safety Week 2019.
Every year, more than 1200 people are killed and 35,000 seriously injured on Australian roads.
National Road Safety Week honours those we have lost and pledges to make the roads safer for everyone. Jump online and take the pledge. Please Pledge to Drive So Others Survive and display a yellow ribbon to show your support for road safety.
NHVR also has some great tips that you can ‘tell a mate’ this week.
LUNCH WITH ANTHONY ALBANESE
As part of our election campaign, ALRTA Executive Director, Mat Munro, attended a lunch event hosted by the Hon. Anthony Albanese MP, Shadow Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development. There were 12 people in attendance including NRL Super Coach, Wayne Bennett.
ANIMAL WELFARE GOVERNANCE
On 8 February 2019, the Agriculture Ministers’ Forum agreed to develop options to improve the national governance framework for regulating farm animal welfare in Australia.
This week, ALRTA Executive Director, Mat Munro, and TruckSafe National Manager, Justin Fleming, met with representatives from the Federal Department of Agriculture and Water Resources to discuss the operation of the current framework, processes for developing Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines and alternatives to the current approach.
ALRTA also provided the Department with examples of industry-based animal welfare initiatives such as TruckSafe Animal Welfare Module, LivestockASSIST, Ramp Guidelines and drafting of our effluent code of practice.
ALRTA ANIMAL WELFARE COMMITTEE
The ALRTA Animal Welfare Committee (AWC) met this week to discuss live exports by air, a review of the PigPass NVD, effluent infrastructure, ramp standards and Q fever.
The AWC also endorsed nominations for the ALRTA Effluent Code of Practice Steering Committee which will include representation from transporters, producers, saleyards, agents, processors, enforcement, biosecurity and animal welfare. ALRTA will convene the first formal meeting of the steering committee later this month.
HEADS UP: MEMBER MAIL OUT
Members are advised that you should soon receive a hard copy letter from the ALRTA containing an overview of our achievements over the past six months. We are keen to keep you informed and to invite your participation in our ambitious policy program.
Please get in touch with the ALRTA or your state association if you want to know more.
NATIONAL SPONSORS: HAVE YOUR SAY
Members are invited to fill out a short survey concerning the ALRTA’s National Sponsor arrangements.
Please click here to participate.
VISIT ALRTA AT THE BRISBANE TRUCK SHOW
Members and guests are invited to visit the ALRTA and our state association representatives at the 2019 Brisbane Truck Show.
You can find us at booth 3, located in the foyer area of the ‘Industry Hub’.
Please let others know anyone who visits our stand and subsequently signs up for membership with one of our six state associations will be sent a free overnight bag and toiletries bag courtesy of BP!
LAST CHANCE TO PURCHASE TICKETS
The raffle will be drawn at the 2019 Brisbane Truck Show, hence we’d greatly appreciate inclusion into any of your member comms and/or social media support prior to then to help raise as much money and awareness as possible for this terminal disease that impacts thousands of unsuspecting Australians every year.