Archive of: Livestock Welfare

Mulesing: The times are changing

17 October 2019

Mulesing: The times are changing

Mulesing is a quick and effective way of controlling flystrike in Merino sheep which is why it is popular with producers. However, mulesing is extremely painful.

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New RSPCA podcasts on farm animal welfare

17 October 2019

New RSPCA podcasts on farm animal welfare

The welfare of farm animals is of growing interest to the Australian community. This was revealed in a Federal Department of Agriculture report released late last year that found 95% of Australians are concerned about farm animal welfare, with little difference in attitude between people from capital cities or regional areas.

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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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