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Tail biting and tail docking in pigs

Wed, 2017-02-22 14:29
Tail biting and tail docking are major welfare concerns for pigs, particularly for those kept in barren intensive housing. Most piglets housed in these systems have their tails docked within days of birth to prevent tail biting later in life. ...

How do I keep my rabbit happy and entertained?

Wed, 2017-02-22 13:14
Rabbits are naturally active, social, curious and intelligent animals. In the wild, rabbits will graze, play, explore and groom each other. When kept as pets, rabbits are often confined for long periods of time. Without adequate stimulation and...

What is rabbit calicivirus and how do I protect my rabbit from rabbit haemorrhagic disease?

Thu, 2017-02-16 17:51
Rabbit haemorrhagic disease (RHD) is caused by the rabbit haemorrhagic disease virus (RHDV), a type of calicivirus which is fatal in non-immune rabbits. There are currently two strains of this virus in wild rabbit populations in Australia, with a...

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

Thu, 2017-02-16 11:11
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...

Why does my dog's breath smell?

Wed, 2017-02-15 11:27
There are a number of reasons why a dog’s breath might smell, a condition also known as halitosis. Underlying illness, such as kidney disease and diabetes, can cause animals to have malodorous breath. Diet and food allergies can also lead to the...

What do I need to know before I get a new pet?

Tue, 2017-02-14 12:36
For many Australians a pet is an important part of the family. While owning a pet can be extremely rewarding, it is important to remember that pet ownership is also a huge responsibility. As a pet owner you will be committed to providing for all...

Is calcium chloride used to desex male dogs and cats in Australia?

Mon, 2017-02-13 15:30
Calcium chloride (Calchlorin®, CaClCa) can be used as a non-surgical castration technique in male cats and dogs but is not currently being used for this purpose in Australia. The chemical was first investigated as a method of sterilisation in the...

How can I help improve farming practices?

Mon, 2017-02-13 10:26
Some of the ways you can act to help improve livestock farming practices for better animal welfare: learning more about livestock farming practices so that you have the facts right before you act writing to the Australian Government...

What is the RSPCA view on rodeos?

Tue, 2017-02-07 11:34
A rodeo is a form of entertainment or sport in which skills such as riding broncos, bull riding, roping calves or wrestling steers are displayed. RSPCA Australia is opposed to rodeos because of the potential for significant injury, suffering and...

The EU has banned cosmetics testing on animals: can we do the same in Australia?

Fri, 2017-02-03 11:34
In 2009, the EU brought into effect a ban on the use of animals to test both the final product and the ingredients of cosmetic formulations. In 2013, a ban was also introduced on the import or sale of cosmetics that have been newly tested on...

Are bats (flying foxes) dangerous to my horse?

Thu, 2017-02-02 13:15
At certain times of the year (generally September to November for black and grey flying foxes, and April to May for little red flying foxes) flying foxes may secrete the Hendra virus (HeV) in body fluids such as urine, saliva and birthing fluids....

Should flying foxes be culled or dispersed to protect horses against Hendra virus?

Thu, 2017-02-02 13:12
Flying fox numbers are considered to be declining and some species are even classified as vulnerable to extinction. The reason we may now be more aware of flying foxes is due to the destruction of their natural habitat through urban development....

What is Hendra virus?

Thu, 2017-02-02 13:10
Hendra virus (HeV) occurs naturally in flying foxes where it appears to cause little or no signs of illness. For reasons not completely understood at present, at times the virus is shed in flying fox body secretions including urine, faeces,...

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

Mon, 2017-01-30 17:48
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...

What can I do in hot weather to prevent heatstroke in my pet?

Fri, 2017-01-20 13:26
Heatstroke is a state of hyperthermia (core body temperature elevated above the normal range) resulting in thermal injury to tissues. Heatstroke occurs when heat generation exceeds the body’s ability to lose heat. Heatstroke is a very serious...

What do I need to know about taking my dog on a road trip with my family?

Tue, 2017-01-17 13:48
Take some time to prepare for your road trip with your pet so that your holiday is safe and relaxed for both of you. Following are some basic points to keep in mind when taking your dog on holiday with you: Make sure your dog is microchipped and...

What do I need to consider before transporting my pet by air?

Tue, 2017-01-17 13:46
There are a number of important aspects to be aware of when considering transporting your pet by air, domestically and internationally. The following general principles can be applied to air transportation of pets. Is air travel suitable for...

Why is the RSPCA opposed to the live export trade?

Thu, 2017-01-05 19:31
The export of live sheep, cattle and goats for slaughter has serious welfare problems — some relate to transport conditions resulting in high mortalities and others relate to a lack of control over what happens to animals once they reach the...

What happens to livestock that are exported for slaughter overseas?

Thu, 2017-01-05 19:21
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 happens to breeding and dairy cattle exported overseas?

Thu, 2017-01-05 16:21
Each year, Australia exports tens of thousands of dairy cattle and breeding animals to countries all over the world to increase and improve local herds through breeding programs. Unfortunately, there are no laws to protect these animals once they...

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