Archive of: Livestock Welfare

RSPCA is here to help farmers with their animals in hard times

10 June 2019

RSPCA is here to help farmers with their animals in hard times

Recently, we became aware that the Water Corporation sent letters to farmers with overdue accounts threatening to restrict their water supply and notify RSPCA of the reduced water availability for animals on the property.

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The RSPCA's Role in Agriculture

06 June 2019

The RSPCA's Role in Agriculture

Livestock producers are responsible for looking after millions of animals across Australia. That means producers are a very important group to RSPCA.

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Standards will be positive for good dog welfare

06 June 2019

Standards will be positive for good dog welfare

The State Government has released a draft policy paper on proposed Standards and Guidelines for the Health and Welfare of Dogs in Western Australia. It is intended the proposals will apply to all dogs in WA including on farms, whether they are pets or working animals.

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What's wrong with electric shock dog collars?

06 June 2019

What's wrong with electric shock dog collars?

The RSPCA is opposed to the use of electric shock collars, or e-collars, on dogs and, their use is prohibited in other Australian jurisdictions including ACT, NSW and South Australia.

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Strategic Partnerships to improve animal welfare in the livestock sector

06 June 2019

Strategic Partnerships to improve animal welfare in the livestock sector

Australia’s red meat and livestock research and marketing body, Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA), has partnered with some of the country’s leading researchers to undertake a suite of projects focussed on improving animal welfare.

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International vet expert says long haul live export should end

06 June 2019

International vet expert says long haul live export should end

The Australian Veterinary Association held its annual national conference in Perth in mid-May. A keynote speaker, one of the world’s foremost animal welfare experts – recognised as such by the Australian Government – said long-haul live animal exports are too high a risk and should not take place.

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Animal Welfare Act to be reviewed

06 June 2019

Animal Welfare Act to be reviewed

As the custodians of millions of animals, livestock producers will be interested in the recent announcement by the Minister for Agriculture Alannah MacTiernan about plans to review Western Australia’s animal welfare laws.

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Warning - Is It Fit To Load?

28 March 2019

Warning - Is It Fit To Load?

Recently, there have been reports of animals with serious injuries being transported to abattoirs. Transporting livestock unfit to travel due to pre-existing conditions, regardless of their destination, may be an offence in Western Australia under the Animal Welfare Act 2002.

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Heat Stress Measures For Live Sheep Trade Deferred

28 March 2019

Heat Stress Measures For Live Sheep Trade Deferred

The Federal Department of Agriculture has put off making a decision about applying new heat stress assessment measures to the live sheep trade. The decision will ensure the welfare of Australian sheep continues to be at risk

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Animal Activism and Farming - What's Behind This Story?

28 March 2019

Animal Activism and Farming - What's Behind This Story?

Farmers are angry about the recent spate of farm invasions by animal activists. A dairy farm, intensive piggery and a feedlot have been targeted as well as a cattle sale in progress at Muchea Livestock Centre.

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