The European Commission published a communication “Trade for all. Towards a more responsible trade and investment policy”, which presented the ongoing EU activities regarding trade globally. The communication is just a political document without any binding legal value. The main objectives of the European Commission regarding a responsible trade and investment policy included: gaining international markets, facilitating digital trade, promoting the EU’s best practices and standards internationally, eliminating non-tariff barriers and corruption. Additionally, the EU Commission is currently negotiating trade agreements with non-EU countries in order to have a more transparent trade policy based on the respect the environment, human rights and consumers protection.
In Australia, the Federal Court has condemned a Egg producer to a unusually high penalty for having misleaded the consumer. Indeed, the condemned company was selling eggs under the name "free range" accompanied with pictures of free outdoors hens, when in facts most of the eggs were coming from hens reared in cages.
The Agriculture Minister of Victoria (one State of Australia) has announced that he will ensure that a law on the "protection" of food producers against animal welfare organisations will be edicted. This law was already a promess done by him during the 2010 election campaign.
The Minister Mr Walsh, said that "it's particularly important to protect intensive poultry and pig farmers, because of biosecurity threats from intruders".
More information on http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-07-01/peter-walsh/5563462
The Australian Senate has rejected the bill introduced recently, aiming to set up a temporary ban on the export of live animals from Australia as long as the welfare of the transported animals cannot be assessed.
The new Animals Sales Code came into force on October 21 2013. The new law is providing stricter controls of breeders sellong pets on the Internet, as well as stricter enforcement powers to animal welfare organisations.
In Australia, farmers are asking for laws to sanction animal welfare activists. They complain that these so-called "activists" are coming illegally into the farms to show animal suffering and to rescue some animals. Farmers are asking for a similar law to the US one which set up harsh penalties on rogue activists, including jail sentences of up to 20 years.
More information on http://www.weeklytimesnow.com.au/article/2013/10/11/585781_latest-news.html