Tighter rules mean Brazil is now kicking goals on animal welfare

Before the World Cup 2014 is over, Rob Buttrose and I took the opportunity to look at animal welfare in Brazil. The article below was published two days ago in the Conversation:

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While Brazil’s footballers have failed spectacularly to live up to expectations, there are other areas where the country is quietly exceeding them. Perhaps surprisingly, Brazil’s rapidly improving animal welfare standards put several more developed countries to shame.

When we think of Brazil and animals, we might picture huge cattle herds and the resulting deforestation of the Amazon. Yet Brazil is ahead of other livestock-producing countries such as Australia, at least as far as animal welfare legislation and regulation are concerned. This is a pretty damning indictment of Australia.

Read the full article in the Conversation.

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