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Why is the RSPCA opposed to the live export trade?

Thu, 2017-01-05 19:31
The export of live sheep, cattle and goats for slaughter has serious welfare problems — some relate to transport conditions resulting in high mortalities and others relate to a lack of control over what happens to animals once they reach the...

What happens to livestock that are exported for slaughter overseas?

Thu, 2017-01-05 19:21
Food animals destined for live export are mustered (often from extensive properties), loaded into trucks or trains and taken to a feedlot (a penned area) for up to a week until there are enough animals to fill a ship. They are then loaded...

What happens to breeding and dairy cattle exported overseas?

Thu, 2017-01-05 16:21
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?

Thu, 2017-01-05 16:18
Animals often experience a range of welfare problems caused by the conditions in which they are transported onboard live export ships. High stocking densities and ammonia levels, extreme changes in climatic conditions and changes in the type of...

How is the live export trade regulated?

Thu, 2017-01-05 16:03
The practice of exporting livestock via sea 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...

Is cock fighting legal in Australia?

Thu, 2017-01-05 13:31
Cock fighting is illegal in Australia. It is also illegal to possess any fighting equipment designed for cock fighting. Despite this, cock fighting still occurs in Australia and is often associated with other illegal practices such as unregulated...

Is dog fighting legal in Australia?

Thu, 2017-01-05 13:30
Dog fighting is illegal in Australia. It is also illegal to possess any fighting equipment designed for dog fighting. Despite this, dog fighting still occurs in Australia and is often associated with gambling activities and other illegal practices...

What is the Australian legislation governing animal welfare?

Thu, 2017-01-05 12:30
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 ...

Who should I contact about injured wildlife?

Wed, 2017-01-04 10:41
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...

What is trap-neuter-return and is it an appropriate strategy for the management of unowned cats?

Fri, 2016-12-09 17:06
The management of unowned, stray or feral cats is a complex and often emotive issue. Trap-neuter-return (TNR) is one method promoted, primarily in the United States, as a humane alternative to euthanasia for managing and reducing populations of...

Which animals can be hunted for sport or recreation?

Fri, 2016-12-02 13:53
Due to the inherent risks involved, many animals hunted for sport or recreation will suffer pain and distress. Most of the animals that are hunted for sport and recreation are introduced species such as feral cats, wild dogs, feral goats, foxes,...

Is hunting using shooting a humane way to kill pest animals?

Fri, 2016-12-02 13:51
Animal welfare experts agree that shooting can be a humane method of killing animals when the following requirements are met: it is carried out by experienced, skilled and responsible shooters the animal can be clearly seen and is within range...

Why do some hunters use a bow and arrow and is this type of hunting humane?

Fri, 2016-12-02 13:50
Some hunters use a bow and arrow to hunt animals because they consider it to be an ‘art’ or challenge that requires skill and patience. However, from an animal welfare perspective it results in significant pain and suffering. Wounding rates can...

What are the wounding rates associated with duck hunting?

Fri, 2016-12-02 13:49
Duck hunting using a shotgun causes inevitable pain and suffering as not every bird is killed outright. The exact percentage of water birds that are wounded and left to suffer (i.e. are not retrieved) through recreational duck hunting is very...

How does hunting affect other animals?

Fri, 2016-12-02 13:47
Hunting not only affects the target animal that is killed or wounded by a bullet, arrow or knife. It can also have a significant negative impact on other animals, particularly dependent young. If hunters do not find and euthanase the dependent...

Why is the risk of wounding so high when hunting game birds?

Fri, 2016-12-02 13:46
Hunting of ducks and quail, as well as other waterfowl classified as game, are shot using shotguns, which inevitably results in pain and suffering. With shotguns, the major determinant of wounding capacity using any given load is the...

What are trophy and canned hunting and are they legal in Australia?

Fri, 2016-12-02 13:44
Hunting animals for sport poses significant animal welfare risks in relation to the pursuit of animals, use of dogs, injuries caused, and the potential for a slow, painful death (where animals have not been killed outright). The RSPCA opposes...

What is the difference between head shooting and chest shooting?

Fri, 2016-12-02 13:42
If the correct firearm and ammunition are used, a well-placed head shot (with the brain as the point of aim) will result in immediate unconsciousness. When there is adequate damage to the brain and the animal does not regain consciousness there...

Is hunting the same as pest animal management?

Fri, 2016-12-02 13:41
The answer is no, although pest animal management sometimes involves the ground shooting of animals as a control method, it is different to hunting in a number of ways. For example: Motives Pest animal management programs are carried out with the...

What happens when dogs are used to hunt feral pigs?

Fri, 2016-12-02 13:38
The use of dogs in pig hunting poses significant welfare risks to both the pig being hunted and the dogs involved. Hunting pigs with dogs involves the dog flushing out the pig and chasing it until it is exhausted or cornered. When the pig has...

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