Archive of: Livestock Welfare Matters

What is animal sentience and what has it got to do with farming?

17 October 2019

What is animal sentience and what has it got to do with farming?

Successful producers know how to “read animals” and maximise that instinctive knowledge to produce healthy, contented livestock, which means a profitable business.

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What's new in Fit to Load guidelines?

17 October 2019

What's new in Fit to Load guidelines?

The new Fit to Load Guide is essential reading for everyone involved with transporting livestock.

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Live sheep exports: Twin-tier ships on the way out

17 October 2019

Live sheep exports: Twin-tier ships on the way out

Twin-tier ships are set to be gone from Australia from 1 January 2020 and this can only be good for animal welfare.

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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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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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RSPCA Australia and RSPCA WA

20 March 2018

RSPCA Australia and RSPCA WA

From time to time, we’re asked about the relationship between RSPCA WA and RSPCA Australia. So, here is a brief snapshot of who we are and how we work together.

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