Speak Up for Chickens

Tasmania has become the first Australian state to commit to the complete phase out of battery cages. Help make this a reality for ALL chickens in Australia by writing to both the Federal and your State Minister for Agriculture calling for an end to the cruel battery cage. If you need some help please use the sample letter below.

Dear Minister of Agriculture

To be able to stretch your wings, lay your eggs in private, dust bathe, scratch about in the soil, shelter from those who intimidate you and choose your own companions, are all things that are very important to a chicken.  With this in mind I am greatly disturbed to learn that right now for  around 12 million laying hens in Australia these basic fundamentals of life are denied.

You have the power to change this by ending the battery cage system of egg production in Australia.  The Code of Accepted Farming Practice for the Welfare of Poultry is overdue for review.  I most strongly urge you to call a review and see that battery cages are consigned to the dustbin of history where they should have gone long ago.   Economics is no excuse for animal cruelty and suffering.  Australia is a lucky country, it should be so for its animals as well.  I would greatly appreciate your response.

Yours sincerely


Don’t know who the Federal or your State Minister for Agriculture is?;

Federal Agricultural Minister

Senator Joe Ludwig
Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
Suite MG 64
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600
Tel: (02) 6277 7520
Fax: (02) 6273 4406
Email: senator.ludwig@aph.gov.au


Hon. Peter Walsh MP
Minister for Agriculture and Food Security
Level 20, 1 Spring St
Melbourne VIC 3000
Tel: (03) 9938 5951

New South Wales

Hon. Katrina Hodgkinson, MP
Minister for Primary Industries
Parliament House
Macquarie Street, Sydney. NSW. 2000

South Australia

The Hon Gail Gago
Minister for Agriculture, Food and Fisheries
GPO Box 464, ADELAIDE 5001
Phone: 08 8303 2926


Hon John McVeigh MP
Member for Toowoomba South
Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
8th Floor, Primary Industries Building
80 Ann Street
Brisbane QLD 4000
GPO Box 46, Brisbane QLD 4001
tel: 323 93000
fax: 32118199
[email protected]

Western Australia

The Hon. Terry Redman
Minister for Agriculture and Food
11th Floor, Dumas House
2 Havelock Street
Phone: 08 9213 6700

Northern Territory

The Hon (Kon) Konstantine Vatskalis
Minister for Primary Industry and Fisheries
Parliament House Darwin
PO Box 3146
Darwin. NT. 0801
Phone: 08 8901 4132


The Hon Bryan Green
Minister for Primary Industries
Parliament House
Hobart Tasmania 7000

Australian Capital Territory

Katy Gallagher MLA
Chief Minister, ACT Legislative Assembly
GPO Box 1020
Canberra, ACT 2601
Ph: (02) 62050840

To find our more information about egg production in Australia, our friends at Animals Australia have provided these very informative links;