Australia Day Honours for RSPCA WA President's Work in Animal Welfare
RSPCA WA President Lynne Bradshaw has received an award in the Order of Australia for her public service to animal welfare.
Mrs Bradshaw’s prestigious award of Member of the Order of Australia (AM) is included in the Australian Honours List announced today by the Governor General, Sir Peter Cosgrove, AK, MC, as part of the 2018 Australia Day celebrations.
RSPCA WA is pleased and proud that Mrs Bradshaw’s voluntary work for animal welfare through the RSPCA for over 20 years has been recognised.
Mrs Bradshaw joined RSPCA WA as a member in 1997 and was elected to the Board that year and then to the role of President in 2004. She has served as WA President since then and during this time also served for seven years from 2006 to 2013 as National President of RSPCA Australia.
While leading the RSPCA at a State and National level in a voluntary, unpaid capacity for many years, Mrs Bradshaw’s leadership skills ensured she has overseen major improvements to animal welfare throughout Australia.
At a national level, Mrs Bradshaw:
- steered the development of the RSPCA’s Approved Farming Scheme which provides a guide for consumers in their food purchasing by recognising farmers with high animal welfare standards
- oversaw improvements to the live export industry with the introduction in 2011 of the Exporter Supply Chain Assurance Scheme (ESCAS) which ensures countries importing animals from Australia adopt humane handling and slaughter methods
- campaigned strongly for layer hens to be freed from battery cages in the egg industry.
At a State level, Mrs Bradshaw:
- steered a year long campaign in 2015 against a proposal to expand recreational hunting in WA national parks which resulted in the then State Government deciding against the proposal
- oversaw a 40% growth in RSPCA WA’s donor base
- steered the development and establishment of the Pets in Crisis scheme for pets owned by victims of domestic violence
- worked behind the scenes for many months prior to the March 2017 State election to secure pre-election pledges of funding to improve animal welfare from both major parties. The promise of $2 million and land by WA Labor will see initial development begin for a new RSPCA state of the art animal welfare centre built south of Perth
At an RSPCA organisational level, Mrs Bradshaw drove the modernisation of the structure of RSPCA Australia and she is currently in the midst of leading a similar modernisation of the governance of RSPCA WA.
At a personal level and at home, she walks the talk. A promoter of higher welfare food, she ensures the purchases she makes for herself and her family reflect those values. She has also adopted homeless dogs including Dennis who was rescued from a puppy farm by the RSPCA. Mrs Bradshaw and her husband Richard are currently fostering another RSPCA rescue dog.
Comments attributed to RSPCA WA President, Lynne Bradshaw AM:
“This award not only recognises my work but also the great work by staff, volunteers and supporters of the RSPCA throughout Australia, it is by working together that we have made a real difference to the lives of so many animals.
“There have been so many great improvements to animal welfare during my time with the RSPCA but it doesn’t stop here. I’ve campaigned to get layer hens out of battery cages for more than 15 years and I am delighted that the WA State Government has announced plans to phase them out.
“Just this week I represented RSPCA WA at a Ministerial roundtable convened by WA Agriculture Minister Alannah MacTiernan and it’s clear that the end of battery cages is in sight in WA and I hope this will be the beginning of the end of battery cages for the whole of Australia.”