More money to stay on with the APVMA?

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce’s relocation of the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority from Canberra to his own electorate has spurred bosses to consider pay rises of up to 15 per cent to convince staff to remain with the APVMA, Fairfax has revealed.

The pay rises are in addition to a 1.5 per cent retention bonus . . . → Read More: More money to stay on with the APVMA?

A tale of two terriers comes to an end

Amber_Heard_2011Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce has welcomed the conclusion of court proceedings against actress Amber Heard.
Heard was charged with violating biosecurity laws after bringing two Yorkshire terriers into the country by private jet last year while her husband Johnny Depp was shooting a film.

She was given one month good behaviour bond and no conviction, though she and Depp shot 42 second video expressing regret at the situation.

“I appreciate Ms Heard’s willingness to take responsibility for her actions last year and her acknowledgement that she broke our national biosecurity laws,” Joyce said.

“These legal proceedings reinforce the clear message I sent internationally last year that we will not tolerate disregard for our biosecurity laws, no matter who you are.”

Joyce used Facebook to share the widely mocked apology clip, which some in the media compared to a hostage video. Continue reading A tale of two terriers comes to an end

China live export claims garner criticism

Veterinary groups have criticised the federal government’s plans to commence live cattle exports to China.

Vets Against Live Export (VALE) said the journey by sea to China is about 18 days, equivalent to the journey to the Middle East, a distance they deem unacceptable.

The organisation is also concerned about animal protection laws in China, and said Australian animals are likely to be handled and slaughtered in a fashion that would be unacceptable at home.

VALE believe animal welfare is best served when animals are slaughtered as close as possible to the point of production.

“The history of what has happened to Australian cattle exported live tells us that the outcomes are not likely to be acceptable,” VALE spokesperson Sue Foster said.

“The second important consequence is the deleterious effect this will have on the Australian meat processing industry.” Continue reading China live export claims garner criticism