Why do we need animal welfare Standards and Guidelines?

The animal welfare system in Australia aims to ensure all livestock receive an acceptable level of care and treatment.

Animal welfare standards are enforceable legal obligations for ensuring the welfare of different categories of livestock, and livestock within enterprises e.g. land transport, processing, and sale yards.

The national guidelines are optional and provide recommended practices to achieve higher animal welfare outcomes than just the standards.

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What do the Standards and Guidelines mean for me and my business?