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Why is colostrum feeding important for calves?

Tue, 2017-07-18 10:14
Colostrum is a fluid produced by the pregnant cow prior to giving birth to her calf in readiness for the calf at first suckling. Calves are born with little to no immunity and colostrum provides the calf with antibodies that protect it from...

How much milk should dairy calves be fed?

Tue, 2017-07-18 10:08
Common dairy industry practice is to feed unweaned calves around 10% of calf body weight in milk daily. However, this amount of milk is about half of what calves would typically drink (around 10 litres of milk over 8-12 feeds per day) in the first...

What is the illegal wildlife trade and why is it inhumane?

Mon, 2017-07-17 17:19
The illegal wildlife trade is a multi-billion dollar global industry estimated to involve billions of individual animals [1,2]. Wild animals are traded alive to be kept as pets or to be put on display or killed and their parts sold for consumption,...

How can you measure the humaneness of a pest control method?

Wed, 2017-07-12 17:23
In Australia, many different methods are used to control or kill animals classed as pests. These methods include chemicals and toxins for poisoning animals, biological control, physical methods such as traps to capture animals, shooting, and...

What should be done about common (Indian) myna birds?

Fri, 2017-07-07 14:52
The common myna (also called Indian myna) is an introduced bird species that is now well established in many cities and towns in Eastern Australia. There is concern that common mynas have a negative impact on native birds through competition for...

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

Fri, 2017-07-07 13:38
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 is the Australian legislation governing animal welfare?

Fri, 2017-07-07 13:33
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 is the RSPCA position on horse jumps races?

Fri, 2017-07-07 09:32
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, modifications being made, deaths have...

Why does the RSPCA Approved Farming Scheme allow for beak trimming of turkeys?

Wed, 2017-06-21 10:55
Beak trimming is a procedure that is used to avoid injuries from birds pecking each other, sometimes to death (cannibalism). In any housing system for turkeys, either indoor or outdoor, there is a risk of a cannibalism outbreak. These outbreaks can...

Why does the RSPCA Approved Farming Scheme allow for beak trimming of hens?

Wed, 2017-06-21 10:55
Beak trimming is a procedure that is used to avoid or minimise injuries from hens pecking each other, sometimes to death (cannibalism). In any housing system for layer hens, but especially in non-cage systems, there is a risk of a cannibalism...

Where can I buy RSPCA Approved chicken, eggs, pork and turkey?

Wed, 2017-06-21 10:54
RSPCA Approved chicken, eggs, pork and turkey products come from animals raised to higher welfare standards on RSPCA Approved farms around Australia. To find out where you can buy RSPCA Approved products in your local area, visit our RSPCA...

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

Wed, 2017-06-21 10:53
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 are the RSPCA Approved Farming Scheme standards for turkeys?

Wed, 2017-06-21 10:52
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 pigs?

Wed, 2017-06-21 10:52
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 are the RSPCA Approved Farming Scheme standards for meat chickens?

Wed, 2017-06-21 10:52
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...

What are barn-laid eggs?

Wed, 2017-06-21 10:51
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...

How can I shop for animal-welfare friendly food?

Wed, 2017-06-21 10:50
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...

How are the RSPCA Approved Farming Scheme standards developed?

Wed, 2017-06-21 10:49
The RSPCA standards focus on the animal welfare aspect of farm animal production and are developed by RSPCA Australia. The standards are developed following the completion of a comprehensive literature review that examines animal welfare science in...

What are the RSPCA Approved Farming Scheme standards for layer hens?

Wed, 2017-06-21 10:48
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?

Wed, 2017-06-21 10:46
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...

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