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Protect the welfare of meat (broiler) chickens - RSPCA Qld chicken rights farming wrongs campaign

Eligibility - Queensland residents

Principal Petitioner:

Mark Townend
Chief Executive Officer RSPCA Qld
301 Fairfield Road
FAIRFIELD QLD 4103

Total Signatures - 2041

Sponsoring Member: Carryn Sullivan MP

Posting Date: 23/02/2010

Closing Date: 1/06/2010

Tabled Date: 8/06/2010

Responded By: Hon Tim Mulherin MP on 15/07/2010

TO: The Honourable the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland
The petition of citizens of Queensland draws to the attention of the House that the current Model Code's of Practice for the Welfare of Animals: Domestic Poultry, Land Transport of Poultry and Livestock at Slaughtering Establishments, regulated and adopted under the Animal Care and Protection Act (Queensland) 2001, do not afford the same protection for chickens as they do for other animals. Consequently, every year more than 480 million chickens endure inhumane living conditions, transport and slaughter practices.Your petitioners therefore request the House to:Review the Codes of Practice adopted in Queensland, specifically with reference to stocking densities; enrichment; increased rest and sleep time; improved handling prior to and during transport and mandatory certification for handlers, catchers and slaughterhouse staff.Legislate restrictions on genetic strain selections for rapid growth. Currently, chickens are selected to rapidly grow breast meat, irrespective of the overall birds health. Selection of breeding strains should emphasise a healthy skeletal structure and internal organ function. Select breeding for animal welfare concerns may cause a reduction in bird hypersensitivity to external factors (emotional response to stress).Introduce a mandatory reporting system with regards to: mortality (death) rates, reported at all stages of the system (parent farm, hatchery, grower farm, handling for transport, in transit, and waiting at slaughterhouse); and downgraded meat quality (indicates injury) percentages.