RSPCA WA PRESIDENT LYNNE BRADSHAW RE-ELECTED
Perth businesswoman Lynne Bradshaw will continue to lead the RSPCA in Western Australia, following her re-election as RSPCA WA President after the organisation’s Annual General Meeting on Friday 29 October.
City of Gosnells Chief Executive Ian Cowie was re-elected as Vice President.
Mrs Bradshaw was first elected President of the RSPCA in WA in 2004. During this time, RSPCA WA has grown from a small organisation to a $10 million-a-year operation.
The founder of a medical technology company, Mrs Bradshaw’s business acumen has enabled her to successfully lead the organisation through a period of significant growth, ensuring RSPCA WA is well-placed to meet the growing state-wide demands on its services, and continue its role as the leading advocate for all animals.
With the 2017 State Election on the horizon, Mrs Bradshaw will dedicate most of her time over the coming months to engaging Members of Parliament in key areas of animal welfare, particularly those that RSPCA WA would like to see supported by the government which is elected in March next year.
This includes investment in facilities and resources, improvements to the Dog Act (1976) and to animal welfare leadership and innovation, and the provision of a dedicated foster program for pets from domestic violence households.
Mrs Bradshaw’s other goal is to increase the proportion of West Australians for whom animal welfare is important.
“In recent years we have expanded our community education programs in Perth and in regional areas; and we’ve noticed a significant increase in the number of cruelty cases being reported as a direct result of improved community knowledge relating to animal welfare,” said Mrs Bradshaw.
“This tells us that West Australians are passionate about animal welfare, and that they feel they have a duty of care to speak up if they see or hear something troubling.”
Mrs Bradshaw said independent surveys during the last 12 months showed animal welfare is important to three quarters of West Australians and over 80% say the RSPCA is essential to animal welfare in WA.
“We’ll continue to expand our community education programs over the coming year in the hope of reducing unnecessary suffering and acts of cruelty towards animals. We also want to continue encouraging the community to report cruelty so that we can help all animals in need.”
RSPCA will celebrate its 125th year in WA in 2017.