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Why is my cat urinating inappropriately?

Mon, 2017-09-18 09:47
Feline inappropriate urination (urinating in the wrong place) is a common issue for cat owners. It often involves the cat urinating outside their litter box in an inappropriate area or on an inappropriate object. The causes are generally medical or...

What should I feed my dog?

Fri, 2017-09-08 15:25
Domesticated dogs are largely carnivores that eat some omnivorous foods. Wild dogs eat a variety of food which consists mainly of prey animals. Prey animals are composed of raw meat, raw bones, organs, other tissue and digested vegetable matter....

What is RSPCA’s vision for sustainable farm animal production?

Mon, 2017-08-28 15:13
In the debate about feeding a growing world population and in which livestock industries often see an opportunity to increase the scale or the intensity of their operations, rarely is consideration given to the effect this might have on farm animal...

Is it okay to keep my cat contained within my property boundary all of the time?

Wed, 2017-08-16 16:47
Yes, there are many benefits to keeping your cat contained to your property boundaries. Contained cats are less likely to become lost or injured (hit by a car or attacked by a dog). They are also less likely to get into cat fights and have cat...

What happens to livestock that are exported for slaughter overseas?

Fri, 2017-08-11 12:39
Food animals destined for live export are mustered (often from extensive properties), loaded into trucks or trains and taken to a feedlot (a penned area) for up to a week until there are enough animals to fill a ship. They are then loaded...

What are the standards of animal welfare onboard live export ships?

Fri, 2017-08-11 12:38
Animals often experience a range of welfare problems caused by the conditions in which they are transported onboard live export ships. High stocking densities and ammonia levels, extreme changes in climatic conditions and changes in the type of...

How would a cessation of the live sheep export trade affect WA sheep farmers?

Fri, 2017-08-11 12:38
RSPCA Australia commissioned respected economists, ACIL Tasman, to look at the farm-level adjustments that would be required if live sheep exports from Western Australia were phased out. This report provides reliable information about the real...

What are the animal welfare issues associated with feedlots?

Wed, 2017-08-09 10:26
Feedlots are yarded areas where cattle and sheep, after having been raised on pasture, are held in groups in close confinement for a period before they are slaughtered. Food and water for the animals are supplied mechanically or by hand. Feedlots...

Where can I find information on best practice management of foxes?

Tue, 2017-08-08 18:25
RSPCA Australia acknowledges that, in certain circumstances, it is necessary to manage populations of wild animals in order to reduce adverse impacts on human activities, health and wellbeing or the environment and also to protect the welfare of...

Where can I find information on best practice management of feral cats?

Mon, 2017-08-07 17:31
RSPCA Australia acknowledges that, in certain circumstances, it is necessary to manage populations of wild animals in order to reduce adverse impacts on human activities, health and wellbeing or the environment and also to protect the welfare of...

Why is colostrum feeding important for calves?

Tue, 2017-07-18 10:14
Colostrum is a fluid produced by the pregnant cow prior to giving birth to her calf in readiness for the calf at first suckling. Calves are born with little to no immunity and colostrum provides the calf with antibodies that protect it from...

How much milk should dairy calves be fed?

Tue, 2017-07-18 10:08
Common dairy industry practice is to feed unweaned calves around 10% of calf body weight in milk daily. However, this amount of milk is about half of what calves would typically drink (around 10 litres of milk over 8-12 feeds per day) in the first...

What is the illegal wildlife trade and why is it inhumane?

Mon, 2017-07-17 17:19
The illegal wildlife trade is a multi-billion dollar global industry estimated to involve billions of individual animals [1,2]. Wild animals are traded alive to be kept as pets or to be put on display or killed and their parts sold for consumption,...

How can you measure the humaneness of a pest control method?

Wed, 2017-07-12 17:23
In Australia, many different methods are used to control or kill animals classed as pests. These methods include chemicals and toxins for poisoning animals, biological control, physical methods such as traps to capture animals, shooting, and...

What is the RSPCA position on the culling of sharks to reduce shark attacks?

Tue, 2017-07-11 10:41
The RSPCA does not support the culling of sharks as a response to public concern over shark attacks on humans. Killing sharks will result in harm to protected and vulnerable wildlife species [that is, the targeted great white shark (1), and also...

What should be done about common (Indian) myna birds?

Fri, 2017-07-07 14:52
The common myna (also called Indian myna) is an introduced bird species that is now well established in many cities and towns in Eastern Australia. There is concern that common mynas have a negative impact on native birds through competition for...

How do I contact the Minister for Agriculture to ask for improvements in animal welfare?

Fri, 2017-07-07 13:38
Most farm animal welfare issues are the responsibility of State and Territory governments. If you are concerned about the way animals are reared, transported or slaughtered for food or fibre and you would like to see a change in government...

What is the Australian legislation governing animal welfare?

Fri, 2017-07-07 13:33
There are no national laws applying to animal welfare, but all states and territories regulate animal welfare in their jurisdiction. The legislation in each state and territory is given below: State Animal Welfare Act ...

What is the RSPCA position on horse jumps races?

Fri, 2017-07-07 09:32
RSPCA Australia is opposed to jumps races (steeplechasing and hurdling) because of the high probability of a horse suffering serious injury or even death as a result of participating in these events. Despite, modifications being made, deaths have...

Why does the RSPCA Approved Farming Scheme allow for beak trimming of turkeys?

Wed, 2017-06-21 10:55
Beak trimming is a procedure that is used to avoid injuries from birds pecking each other, sometimes to death (cannibalism). In any housing system for turkeys, either indoor or outdoor, there is a risk of a cannibalism outbreak. These outbreaks can...

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