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APFA Clarification on Ablation


The Australian Prawn Farmer’s Association (APFA) said it’s “disappointed” after the Animals Australia animal welfare group released information on ablation that related to “techniques used overseas”, not the updated techniques supported by the APFA and its members.


A spokesman for APFA said it fully supports the findings of the Australian Aquatic Animal Welfare Working Group, which recently declared that if specific industry objectives relating to maximizing survival, quality or growth of aquatic animals were followed, animal welfare benefits would also be maximized.


“As the industry peak body for the farming of prawns in Australia, APFA is responsible for coordinating and developing a viable and successful pathway for the Australian shrimp farming industry into the future,” the spokesman said.  “The APFA supports the careful management of animals at all stages of the farming process to ensure the health and long-term sustainability of the industry and the jobs it creates.  To reflect this position, the APFA and its members with hatcheries, have developed a clear policy that defines the capture, handling and transport of broodstock and animals within the hatchery.”


Source: NewsMail.  Australian Prawn Farm Association Technique Clarification.  Mike Knott.  September 9, 2017.


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