Animal Welfare Highlighted at 2018 WA College of Agriculture Conference
RSPCA takes first steps to foster collaboration to improve understanding and commitment to farm animal welfare.
The conference provides an invaluable opportunity for network discussions on what others are doing, sharing ways to improve practices and learn new skills. Guest speakers including those from interstate, provide information on agriculture, training, education, laws and general wellbeing.
This year the conference is to be held at the Denmark College in early December with Dr Di Evans, RSPCA Australia’s Senior Scientific Officer (pictured right), presenting an in-depth look at animal welfare. As an experienced vet who has worked extensively in agriculture and animal welfare, Dr Evans has worked on special projects including the Fit to Load Guide, Live Export Stockhandling Program and the National Mulesing Accreditation Program.
She will provide an overview of the differences between animal welfare and animal rights, emphasising RSPCA is an evidence-based animal welfare organisation, not an animal rights group. In addition, some prosecution cases and the importance for people to report animal cruelty will be discussed. The presentation will also highlight shifts in community and consumer expectations relating to animal welfare and farm animals and what the RSPCA Approved Farming Scheme is all about.
The Denmark College is a 560 hectare working farm and educational facility for Year 10, 11 and 12 students offering a wide variety of studies with an agricultural focus. The College is considered one of the leading lights in the achievement of educational and training outcomes for young men and women in a diversity of agricultural related fields. Dr Evans has also provided informative sessions to groups of Certificate II and III students at the Denmark College.
RSPCA is keen to work more closely with agricultural colleges to help foster a better understanding of the role of the RSPCA as well as ways to improve on-farm animal welfare.