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What is the RSPCA's view on recreational hunting?

Thu, 2017-03-23 14:26
The RSPCA opposes recreational hunting, or the act of stalking or pursuing an animal and then killing it for sport, due to the inherent and inevitable pain and suffering caused. Hunting has the potential to result in animals suffering...

Can recreational hunting hinder the management of pest animals?

Thu, 2017-03-23 14:20
The answer is yes. Recreational hunters have interfered with the effective control of pest animals in some areas, especially in state forests. Evidence from genetic studies has shown that pig hunters have illegally transported feral pigs into new...

What is the best training for my greyhound?

Fri, 2017-03-03 11:27
Helping your dog to become a good canine companion is one of the most important responsibilities for every dog owner. This leads to happy and safe interactions at home, with friends, with strangers and with other dogs. The first concept to...

How do I best care for my new greyhound?

Fri, 2017-03-03 11:24
There are many things to consider to ensure your greyhound is healthy. This includes vaccinations, parasite control, and avoiding grass seeds and keeping your greyhound cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Vaccination Like any other dog,...

How do I stop my cat from scratching the furniture?

Fri, 2017-03-03 10:39
If you have a cat that scratches the furniture or carpet, you are not alone. This is a common behaviour described by cat owners, which is both natural and innate. Even though the urge to scratch is normal, scratching inappropriate places is a...

What is a restrictive noseband and how does it harm horses?

Fri, 2017-03-03 10:24
Restrictive or 'crank' nosebands, which are increasingly being used in the equestrian disciplines of dressage, show jumping and eventing, are designed to prevent horses from opening their mouths during competition. ‘Crank’ nosebands have a...

What are the welfare issues with tail biting and tail docking in pigs?

Fri, 2017-03-03 10:12
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. ...

What is Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) and Feline Leukaemia (FeLV) and how do I protect my cat from them?

Thu, 2017-02-23 15:14
There are a number of feline viruses in Australia which can cause illness in cats. In addition to the three most common viruses, feline herpesvirus, feline calicivirus and feline panleukopenia (enteritis), there are two other important viruses...

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....

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