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The Rock-itt : March Rock-itt 2014
The ACT has become the first Australian jurisdiction to prohibit by law some of the worst horrors inflicted on animals in factory farms. I'm sure you'll remember that last year we applauded Tasmania for taking the first steps to address the cruelty of factory farming, setting the scene for the nation's capital to go even further for hens and pigs. We now have laws in the ACT that say "this is wrong". In fact, a company in the ACT can be fined up to $35,000 for locking a pig in a crate or aheninacage. This landmark legislation is a welcome reminder that with consistent and strategic campaigning we can change laws to improve the lives of animals. It took the ACT Greens six bills and seven attempts to make history this week. For every hen andpigwhowillnownotgoontolivealifeof abject misery in a factory farm in the ACT — we say thank you for staying the course. But sadly, we cannot leave it all up our legislators. And with 12 million intelligent, inquisitive egg laying hens still confined to cruel battery cages in other states — we're about to take our campaign to set them f ree to new heights! In such a short period of time we have seen our vision for a world without factory farming grow from the hopes of a caring few to a national movement championed by hundreds of thousands of Australians. Factory farming has been so well hidden, that the straight-up facts can be unexpected and shocking. � Factory farming is the number one cause of animal cruelty today. � It's legal to cut bits and pieces off conscious animals in factory farms... without pain relief. � A battery hen's world is the size of an A4 piece of paper. � Chickens naturally live up to 12yrs. Chickens bred for meat live only 6wks. � The EU has banned battery cages. Australia has not. But we don't need to wait for govt to end this cruelty! It's legal in most of Australia to cage a mother pig so she can't turn around, for MONTHS. � Factory farming contributes to pollution, deforestation and climate change. � Factory farms generate the waste of a small city, with the pollution threatening people, fish and earth. Factory farms are food factories in reverse. They use more food than they produce.