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I'm looking for a new pet, where should I go?

Tue, 2018-02-20 13:46
If you're looking for a new pet, then please consider adopting an animal from the RSPCA (or other reputable animal welfare or rescue organisations). The RSPCA provides shelter to thousands of animals every year that are in need of a good home. All...

Is microchipping mandatory for cats and dogs?

Thu, 2018-02-15 15:55
State Compulsory Microchipping Legislation ACT Yes. Section 84 of the Domestic Animals Act 2000 and Regulation 7 of the Domestic Animals Regulation 2001 requires microchipping of...

What do we mean by humane killing or slaughter?

Thu, 2018-02-08 14:01
Dictionary meanings of humane include: ‘kind, benevolent behaviour’ and ‘compassion for the suffering or distressed’ when applied to people and ‘inflicts less pain than others’ when applied to an instrument. The RSPCA...

What is the Australian legislation governing animal welfare?

Thu, 2018-02-08 01:12
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 should I feed my dog?

Wed, 2018-02-07 14:45
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....

RSPCA Policy C11 Angling

Tue, 2018-01-23 15:38
11.1 RSPCA Australia considers that the available scientific evidence demonstrates that fish are sentient animals capable of experiencing pain and suffering. Anglers should therefore treat fish humanely and avoid practices that have the...

What should I feed my pet rabbit?

Mon, 2018-01-22 17:48
Rabbits should be fed the types of food they are adapted to eating. In the wild, rabbits eat predominantly grass. They may graze for up to 6-8 hours a day. Their whole digestive tract from their teeth right down to the end of their gastrointestinal...

What is the most humane way to kill crustaceans for human consumption?

Wed, 2018-01-17 15:47
This article is also available for download as a PDF - RSPCA Humane killing of crustaceans Crustaceans show responses consistent with signs of pain and distress.1-6 They also have the cognitive capacity to remember, and learn to avoid,...

What is the RSPCA's view on bow hunting?

Tue, 2017-12-19 17:31
Bow hunting is a type of archery where bows and arrows are used to hunt wild animals. The RSPCA is opposed to bow hunting because, even when carried out by a competent marksman, it does not result in a rapid and humane death. When an animal is...

Should Australia have a national body to oversee animal welfare?

Tue, 2017-12-19 14:37
Given that animals play an important role in the lives of all Australians, the RSPCA strongly believes that we need a national government body to provide advice, governance and leadership on animal welfare issues. As a nation, Australia has one of...

What are the welfare issues associated with rodeos?

Sun, 2017-12-17 15:21
A rodeo is a form of entertainment or sport where untrained horses and cattle are used to demonstrate riding and handling skills. Events include bronco riding, bull riding, calf roping and steer wrestling. The RSPCA is opposed to rodeos and rodeo...

How long should farm animals be deprived of water during the transport process?

Fri, 2017-12-15 13:59
Livestock transported in Australia are routinely deprived of water for variable periods including curfew (prior to transport), during transport and in saleyards and depots. Under the Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines for the Land...

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

Fri, 2017-12-15 12:33
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 laws protect animals in rodeos?

Wed, 2017-12-13 14:39
There is increasing public concern regarding the welfare of horses and cattle used in rodeos due to the potential risks of injury and distress. The laws relating to rodeos vary widely between states and only provide minimal requirements for the...

How can I reduce or prevent my cat from hunting prey?

Tue, 2017-12-05 17:29
Cats are very efficient and prolific hunters. Research has shown that domestic cats can have individual preferences for different types of prey and that they will continue to hunt preferred prey even when their numbers are low [1]. In some...

Is it okay to keep my cat at home all of the time?

Tue, 2017-12-05 17:03
Yes, there are many benefits to keeping your cat safe at home (contained within 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...

How could egg producers manage the change from battery cage systems to alternative systems?

Fri, 2017-11-24 16:18
Battery cages are completely barren – Hens in battery cages experience extreme confinement and behavioural restriction, without enough space to even stretch their wings. Due to the inability to walk, flap their wings, or perch, hens in battery...

Why is it important for layer hens to express normal behaviours?

Fri, 2017-11-24 16:13
The ability to express normal behaviours is important to every hen whether they are housed in cage or cage-free systems. Hens in battery cages experience extreme behavioural restriction. They cannot flap or fully stretch their wings, walk or run,...

What is the RSPCA's position on battery cages?

Fri, 2017-11-24 16:10
For many years, the RSPCA has been actively campaigning against battery cages. Battery cages are completely barren – hens in battery cages experience extreme confinement and behavioural restriction, without enough space to even stretch their...

What are barn-laid eggs?

Fri, 2017-11-24 16:07
Barn-laid eggs are a good alternative to cage eggs, and a well-managed barn that provides enrichment for the hen can be just as welfare friendly for a hen as a proper free-range facility. From an animal welfare perspective it’s a myth that barn...

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