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Member for Western Victoria Region, Bev McArthur gave notice to the Legislative Council that she will move a motion supporting Victoria’s farming and agricultural communities.

Member for Western Victoria Region and Animal Justice Party MP, Andy Meddick moved a motion earlier this week calling for ‘Meat Free Mondays’ in the Victorian Parliament House, to “collectively combat the climate emergency”.

Bev McArthur said “I will move that this House support our farming and agricultural communities by declaring that Victorians should aim to –

(1) eat lamb Sunday
(2) eat beef Monday
(3) eat poultry Tuesday
(4) eat pork Wednesday
(5) eat game Thursday
(6) eat fish Friday; and
(7) eat free range Saturday, including eggs and dairy.”

Bev McArthur said “the livestock industry makes a significant contribution to Victoria through job and wealth creation; export revenue; and economically supporting regional and rural communities.”

In response to Mr Meddick’s motion, Bev McArthur also used a constituency question to ask the Minister for Agriculture about “the unfair treatment being fed out about cows and consequently their meat producing owners in [her] electorate of Western Victoria Region.”

Bev McArthur said “It seems that cows have replaced coal as the evil agents responsible for global warming, climate emergencies and more hot air than this place can ever generate.”

She reminded her Parliamentary colleagues that “for the benefit of all the non-farmers - cows actually add to the productive capacity of pastures, including grain crops, through their natural fertiliser.”

Mrs McArthur asked the Minister “what she is doing to ensure the future of all the cows and their owners in the dairy and beef industry in this State and across the electorate of Western Victoria Region?”

16 August 2019