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What should I know before taking my dog to an 'off-leash' park?

Mon, 2018-04-23 11:50
What are the benefits of off-leash dog parks? Off-leash dog parks have many benefits for dogs and their owners. They provide the opportunity for dogs to exercise, socialise with other dogs, enjoy the fresh air, practice training techniques, play...

What is the RSPCA's view on petting zoos and other types of animal encounters?

Tue, 2018-04-17 09:45
There are many examples of situations where humans, especially children come into close "hands-on"contact with animals such as petting zoos, agricultural shows, city farms and other locations (including where dolphins are kept in captivity) where...

What are the animal welfare problems associated with the Scottish Fold cat?

Wed, 2018-04-11 15:06
The Scottish Fold breed of cat is a very popular pet in the USA, due to its affectionate and gentle nature and distinctive appearance. These cats have flattened ears that fold forward and downward, sitting like a cap and giving the quaint look of...

My vet has diagnosed my cat with ringworm. What do I need to know?

Wed, 2018-04-11 14:33
Ringworm is not actually a worm, but a fungal disease that affects non-living tissue which contain keratin such as skin, hair and nails. The fungus lives in the soil, on animals or humans. Infections in humans or other animals (such as cats or...

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

Tue, 2018-04-10 16:07
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 are the RSPCA Approved Farming Scheme standards for layer hens?

Mon, 2018-04-09 14:59
The RSPCA developed standards for egg producers that ensure a high level of welfare for layer hens. Egg producers can apply to participate in the RSPCA Approved Farming Scheme and this will be granted if the farming system meets the RSPCA’s...

What is the RSPCA Approved Farming Scheme?

Mon, 2018-04-09 14:56
The RSPCA has developed animal welfare standards for layer hens, pigs, meat chickens and turkeys that set a high level of welfare for the animals in these farming systems. These standards are much higher than those recommended by the model codes of...

What are the RSPCA Approved Farming Scheme standards for pigs?

Mon, 2018-04-09 14:39
The RSPCA has developed standards for pig producers that ensure a high level of welfare for the farmed pigs. Pig producers can apply to participate in the RSPCA Approved Farming Scheme and participation is granted if the farming system meets the...

What happens to livestock that are exported for slaughter overseas?

Sun, 2018-04-08 13:14
The majority of food animals destined for slaughter overseas are first mustered on their property of origin, then loaded onto livestock trucks, transported to a feedlot or assembly depot, loaded once again onto trucks, transported to the...

What happens to breeding and dairy cattle exported overseas?

Sun, 2018-04-08 13:13
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...

What are the standards of animal welfare onboard live export ships?

Sun, 2018-04-08 12:28
Standards for the preparation, loading and confinement of animals on board ship are set by the federal government through the Australian Standards for the Export of Livestock (ASEL), which were introduced following the Cormo Express disaster in...

How is the live export trade regulated?

Sat, 2018-04-07 10:07
Exporting livestock for slaughter in foreign countries poses significant and unavoidable risks to animal welfare. These risks are inherent to the trade and include the stress and distress caused by loading ruminant grazing animals onto ships to be...

Why is the RSPCA opposed to the live export trade?

Fri, 2018-04-06 18:18
The export of live sheep, cattle and goats for slaughter has serious welfare problems — these relate to the conditions animals experience during the journey itself, resulting in extensive suffering and high death rates, and to the treatment...

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

Thu, 2018-04-05 11:13
Antimicrobials are agents that kill, or stop the growth of, microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites. Ionophores (antimicrobials that are not used in humans) and non-ionophores are classed as antibacterial agents. Therefore,...

Is desexing mandatory for cats and dogs?

Thu, 2018-03-29 19:09
In Australia, animal management legislation is a state or territory responsibility rather than a federal or national one. Unfortunately, not all laws between states are consistent so there may be difference regarding requirements for desexing your...

RSPCA Policy B7 Further reading

Wed, 2018-03-28 15:56
7.1 This policy should be read in conjunction with the following: RSPCA policies: D2 Genetic manipulation E4 Utilisation of wild animals E8 Fish and aquatic invertebrates F1 Transportation — general principles ...

RSPCA Policy B6 Transparency, auditing and traceability

Wed, 2018-03-28 15:54
6.1 RSPCA Australia encourages farming enterprises to participate in independent audit schemes that improve animal welfare. 6.2 RSPCA Australia believes that regular as well as unannounced on-farm assessments (including animal-based...

RSPCA Policy B5 Breeding of farm animals

Wed, 2018-03-28 15:53
5.1 RSPCA Australia is opposed to the genetic selection of traits for enhanced production capacity where this causes or predisposes the animal to poor welfare, including metabolic or skeletal defects, chronic lameness or pain. 5.2 ...

RSPCA Policy B2 Training and competency

Wed, 2018-03-28 15:52
2.1 RSPCA Australia recognises that good stockpersonship, i.e. the knowledge, skill, attitude and behaviour necessary to handle animals, is an essential component of any farming system, and believes that stockpersons must always interact...

RSPCA Policy B3 Environment and housing

Wed, 2018-03-28 15:46
3.1 RSPCA Australia believes that in all farming systems, animals must be provided with freedom of movement and the ability to satisfy their behavioural, social, and physiological preferences and needs. This includes the provision of an...

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