Archive of: Livestock Welfare

Sheep and Heat Stress: The Facts

21 June 2018

Sheep and Heat Stress: The Facts

Both the Australian Veterinary Association and the Federal Government commissioned review of the live sheep export industry by Dr Michael McCarthy raised the issue of the impact of heat stress on sheep.

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Proposed New Laws Mean Better Welfare for Dogs

21 June 2018

Proposed New Laws Mean Better Welfare for Dogs

From time to time, RSPCA is asked what the State Government’s proposed new laws to stop puppy farming might mean for working dog breeders. So, what’s happening and why?

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Nugget, The Abandoned Kelpie

21 June 2018

Nugget, The Abandoned Kelpie

Dogs like Nugget, a young Kelpie, come through RSPCA from time to time - and they’re perfect matches for people with plenty of space for a young dog to grow.

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Better Welfare for Meat Chickens

21 June 2018

Better Welfare for Meat Chickens

Chicken is the most popular meat in Australia, with Australians eating an average of 45kg of chicken meat every year. To meet this demand, Australian farmers raise over 550 million meat chickens annually.

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Open letter to all West Australians from RSPCA WA President, Lynne Bradshaw AM

18 April 2018

Open letter to all West Australians from RSPCA WA President, Lynne Bradshaw AM

Open letter from RSPCA WA President, Lynne Bradshaw AM, about the horrendous live export situation currently unfolding.

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RSPCA WA CALLS FOR END TO LONG-HAUL LIVE EXPORT OF SHEEP

09 April 2018

RSPCA WA CALLS FOR END TO LONG-HAUL LIVE EXPORT OF SHEEP

RSPCA WA is appalled at the footage of the abhorrent treatment of sheep in the long-haul live export industry. We are equally stunned that, despite the overwhelming evidence, the Federal Department of Agriculture has granted yet another export licence to this same, repeat-offender exporter.

The footage last night showed the distressing experience of sheep on long-haul export journeys – most of which is caused by high stocking density, extreme heat conditions, and lack of veterinary care.

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What's Wrong with the Battery Cage for Layer Hens?

21 March 2018

What's Wrong with the Battery Cage for Layer Hens?

The animal welfare science is clear. Keeping layer hens in battery cages causes them to suffer because they are not able to exhibit their natural behaviours.

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Animal Welfare and Control of Invasive Species

20 March 2018

Animal Welfare and Control of Invasive Species

Many landholders in WA experience significant problems associated with introduced animals and some native animals that are viewed as ‘pests’ because of their adverse impacts on human activities and the health of the environment.

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Mulesing, Castrating, Tail Docking and Pain Relief - New Options in the Pipeline

20 March 2018

Mulesing, Castrating, Tail Docking and Pain Relief - New Options in the Pipeline

The most up to date information on pain relief and mulesing can be found in the WA Sheep Producer Survey 2014 and comes from a survey of 4,910 WA sheep producers by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (formerly DAFWA).

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Live Export Standards Review

20 March 2018

Live Export Standards Review

The Australian Standards for the Export of Livestock (ASEL) are currently under review and RSPCA has high expectations better animal welfare will be the result.

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