The regulation of animal welfare in Australia's primary industries remains profoundly flawed more than a year after the Productivity Commission identified serious problems with the system. The latest example of poultry regulation is a perfect summation of the problems the PC identified.

At the end of 2013, the commission released an extensive analysis of the state of regulation of Australian agriculture, and devoted a chapter to animal welfare regulation. While, from an economic perspective, the PC wasn't interested in animal welfare per se, it recognised strong community support for animal welfare laws and a regulatory framework that took that into account.