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Animal Welfare

The Australian meat industry is committed to the highest level of animal welfare and the humane treatment of livestock. Our mission is to ensure that acceptable animal welfare standards are implemented and effectively verified.

Livestock processing in Australia is conducted in accordance with national laws and international requirements, and enforced accordingly by state, territory and commonwealth inspectors to ensure that high standards of animal welfare are maintained at all times.

In 2005, the Australian meat industry proactively developed and implemented the Australian Meat Industry Council (AMIC) “Industry Animal Welfare Standards for Livestock Processing Establishments.” These standards, which were renewed in 2009, integrate Australia's Codes of Practice, relevant state and commonwealth legislation, commercial requirements and community expectations.

These standards not only meet Australian requirements, they also meet and exceed international requirements. Australia's standards are verified and enforced by commonwealth and state inspectors and commercial auditors on behalf of customers.