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What are the animal welfare issues associated with weaning nose rings and other anti-suckling devices for calves?

Fri, 2018-06-22 17:15
Anti-suckling devices such as nose rings or nose flaps are designed to wean calves off milk by preventing access to the cow’s udder while the cow and calf are still together. A nose ring is a metal or plastic ring with spiked extensions. The nose...

How are dairy goats farmed?

Fri, 2018-06-22 13:15
Domestication of goats began centuries ago. Goats live in herds, and are social animals, living 8-15 years. Australia has developed several new goat breeds for milk production. Farming of dairy goats is a relatively small industry in Australia....

What are some of the animal welfare issues associated with dairy goat farming?

Fri, 2018-06-22 12:57
Goats, particularly young goats, are inquisitive and playful and their housing system must be able to satisfy these natural behaviours. Goats are susceptible to stress but good management can minimise the factors which may cause stress. A number of...

What should I consider before taking my dog to the office?

Fri, 2018-06-15 15:19
Dogs in the office June 22nd is International Take Your Dog to Work Day® (created by Pet Sitters International), when employers are asked to open their businesses to pet dogs to promote the benefits of pet ownership and encourage animal...

What can be done to improve the welfare of fish and shellfish in restaurant aquaria?

Tue, 2018-06-12 11:00
RSPCA Australia considers that the available scientific evidence demonstrates that fish are sentient animals capable of experiencing pain and suffering. Fish must therefore be treated humanely and practices that have the potential to cause pain,...

Where can I find information on best practice management of wild rabbits?

Mon, 2018-06-11 19:58
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 it important to ensure my pet is microchipped?

Wed, 2018-05-23 10:02
It is very important to ensure your pet cat or dog is microchipped because if your pet cat or dog becomes lost, you are far more likely to be reunited if they are microchipped. What is a microchip? How does it work? A microchip is...

What is the RSPCA doing to get hens out of battery cages?

Tue, 2018-05-22 16:38
The RSPCA is strongly opposed to battery cages and believes there must now be a legislative phase-out of their use. For many years, the RSPCA has campaigned against housing hens in battery cages and raised public awareness of the inherent welfare...

What are the RSPCA Approved Farming Scheme standards for turkeys?

Tue, 2018-05-22 16:36
The RSPCA Approved Farming Scheme Standards - Turkeys have been developed by RSPCA Australia to improve the welfare of turkeys on farm, during transport and at slaughter. The Standards cover various aspects of production including food and water,...

What are the RSPCA Approved Farming Scheme standards for meat chickens?

Tue, 2018-05-22 16:35
The RSPCA Approved Farming Scheme Standards - Meat chickens have been developed by RSPCA Australia to improve the welfare of meat chickens in Australia on farm, during transport and at slaughter. The Standards cover various aspects of meat chicken...

How can I help improve farming practices?

Tue, 2018-05-22 16:33
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...

How can I shop for animal-welfare friendly food?

Tue, 2018-05-22 16:20
The most important thing you can do to encourage animal welfare-friendly production systems is to avoid buying foods that have been produced using inhumane practices such as the use of battery cages (for egg production) and sow stalls (for pork...

What are the welfare issues relating to meat chicken production?

Tue, 2018-05-22 16:18
Chickens that are grown for meat production (also called broiler chickens) are genetically very different from layer hens (which are bred to produce eggs). Meat chickens have been selectively bred over many generations to grow and gain weight very...

Why are lilies extremely toxic to cats?

Tue, 2018-05-22 15:21
Various plants are toxic and potentially fatal to cats. Check with your veterinarian first before your cats have access to any plants. Lilies (Lilium spp and Hemerocallis spp) are extremely toxic to cats and can kill them. The entire plant is...

Are preservatives in pet food products a concern?

Tue, 2018-05-22 11:33
Both processed/manufactured pet food and raw 'pet meat' products can contain preservatives. There may be no legal requirement to label pet food products as containing preservatives. There are safety issues relating to sulphur dioxide and sodium...

How is the pet food industry regulated in Australia?

Tue, 2018-05-22 11:24
Pet food is essentially self-regulated with voluntary industry standards applied through the Pet Food Industry Association of Australia (PFIAA). In 2011 the industry code of practice was replaced with the Australian Standard for the Manufacturing...

How can we best manage domestic cats in Australia?

Tue, 2018-05-15 13:35
There are an estimated 3.3 million owned cats in Australia; cats are the second most popular pet and 29% of households own a cat. However, while many of these cats are highly valued by humans as companions and pets, many others are not well-cared...

Is it legal to hunt protected species such as marine turtles and dugongs?

Tue, 2018-05-15 13:19
Marine turtles and dugongs are protected under the Australian Government's Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act), which lists them as marine and migratory species, and also by various state and Northern...

Are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander hunters exempt from animal cruelty laws?

Tue, 2018-05-15 13:18
No, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander hunters must comply with the laws relating to animal cruelty in all states and territories. Prior to 2012, in Queensland, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people were exempt from animal cruelty laws...

Can turtles and dugongs be killed humanely using traditional hunting methods?

Tue, 2018-05-15 13:17
The most humane methods for killing animals cause immediate unconsciousness without pain or suffering, followed by death without consciousness being regained. The most humane way to kill an animal in the wild, including turtles and dugongs, is an...

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