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Who should I contact about injured wildlife?

Tue, 2018-08-07 14:02
If you find a sick or injured wild animal, contact your nearest veterinarian or wildlife carer organisation as soon as possible so that it may receive appropriate treatment. Wild animals become stressed by handling, so you should seek expert...

Can I catch diseases from animals?

Tue, 2018-07-31 13:47
There are specific infections that can transfer from animals to humans which may cause disease known as ‘zoonotic diseases’ or zoonoses. Any animal can potentially transmit a zoonotic infection, including companion animals, farm animals and...

Do the RSPCA Approved Farming Scheme standards for farmed Atlantic salmon address the potential environmental impact of aquaculture systems?

Tue, 2018-07-31 12:31
Compliance with regulatory requirements in relation to environmental impact management and monitoring is a prerequisite of the Approved Farming Scheme standards for farmed Atlantic salmon. This means that an aquaculture company must demonstrate...

How are farmed Atlantic salmon killed?

Tue, 2018-07-31 12:30
At harvest, farmed Atlantic salmon may be removed from their sea pens through large pipes and transferred to special harvesting boats that sit alongside the pen. Alternatively, well boats are used or the whole pen is slowly towed towards shore...

Does the RSPCA have animal welfare standards for salmon?

Tue, 2018-07-31 12:27
The RSPCA Approved Farming Scheme aims to improve the welfare of as many farm animals as possible by providing an environment that better meets their behavioural needs. The Scheme has recently published animal welfare standards for farmed Atlantic...

Does the RSPCA have animal welfare standards for fish?

Tue, 2018-07-31 12:26
The RSPCA Approved Farming Scheme currently covers the production of eggs, chicken, turkey, pork and dairy veal. Farmed Atlantic salmon was added to the Scheme in April 2016. Find more information here. In the absence of RSPCA standards for other...

How should farm animals be managed during drought?

Tue, 2018-07-31 10:44
The frequency of exceptionally hot years, low rainfall and low soil moisture has been increasing in recent decades and this trend is expected to continue across Australia in the years to come. The resulting droughts are not isolated events; they...

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

Mon, 2018-07-30 12:30
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 influences animal welfare at saleyards?

Fri, 2018-07-20 16:14
Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Saleyards are public delivery and collection points to which animals are transported to be sold to the highest bidder and from where animals are then...

Are there laws that require companion animal breeders to meet certain standards of care?

Thu, 2018-07-19 09:11
Laws relating to the welfare of animals vary in different states. In some states, companion animal breeders have to be registered which may also require meeting certain standards of care but in other states, breeder registration and/or standards...

What is the RSPCA position on racing two-year-old horses?

Sun, 2018-07-08 11:11
The average age at which Thoroughbred horses commence racing is three years, but in Australia, some horses start their racing careers as two-year-olds. One reason for starting horses at this age is that once racing commences, horses can begin to...

What is the RSPCA position on the use of tongue ties in horse racing?

Sun, 2018-07-08 10:32
A tongue tie is a large elastic band or nylon stocking that is tightly wrapped around a horse’s tongue and then tied around the lower jaw to keep the tongue in place during training or racing. The use of tongue ties is permitted under the rules...

What happens to horses that leave the racing industry?

Sat, 2018-07-07 19:28
Horses may leave the racing industry at any stage of their life, as foals, during training, during their racing career or when they retire. This is often described as ‘wastage’. Wastage can occur at any stage of a horse’s racing career,...

What is the RSPCA position on whips in Thoroughbred racing?

Sat, 2018-07-07 18:41
The RSPCA is opposed to the use of whips for the purpose of enhancing performance in racing due to the pain and distress they inflict on horses. The RSPCA supports the introduction of hands-and-heels racing where whips are carried for safety...

What are antimicrobials and why are they used in livestock production?

Fri, 2018-07-06 12:45
Antimicrobials are agents that kill, or stop the growth of, microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, fungi, parasites and protozoa. Antibiotics are commonly used to treat bacterial infections in humans and animals. Coccidiostats are also routinely...

What are the animal welfare issues associated with Thoroughbred racing in Australia?

Fri, 2018-07-06 11:56
There are a number of significant problems associated with the horse racing industry that need to be resolved in order to protect the welfare of racehorses. These include: Significant overbreeding and oversupply of racehorses To increase the...

What is the RSPCA position on horse jumps races?

Fri, 2018-07-06 11:28
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 at least seven separate reviews into the...

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...

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