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What is the RSPCA position on the culling of sharks to reduce shark attacks?

Thu, 2017-05-18 10:53
RSPCA Australia does not support the culling of sharks as a response to public concern over shark attacks on humans. Killing sharks will result in harm to protected and vulnerable wildlife species (that is, the targeted great white shark (1), and...

Can pigs be kept as pets?

Wed, 2017-05-10 12:29
Pigs are intelligent, inquisitive, social animals. If you are thinking of getting a pig as a pet, there are several things you should consider first. Many local councils in Australia will not grant permits for a pig to be kept in a backyard, even...

What is pigeon rotavirus and what should be done to stop it spreading?

Tue, 2017-05-09 12:29
Pigeon rotavirus causes a highly infectious and fatal disease. The virus was first detected in racing pigeons in Western Australia a year ago and has now spread to the eastern states causing significant suffering and killing thousands of racing...

What influences animal welfare at saleyards?

Tue, 2017-05-09 12:05
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...

What is the RSPCA doing about transportation of farm animals?

Wed, 2017-05-03 09:27
Farm animals are transported within Australia to other properties, saleyards, feedlots, abattoirs and export ports. Some of these journeys may involve distances of thousands of kilometres over several days. Most land transport uses purpose-built...

What happens to bobby calves?

Wed, 2017-05-03 09:25
For cows to produce milk, they have to give birth to a calf. Most calves are separated from their mother within twelve hours of birth to reduce the risk of disease transmission to the calf, and most do not stay on the farm for long. The term...

Is there a link between domestic violence and animal abuse?

Thu, 2017-04-27 16:24
Numerous studies have confirmed that in households with companion animals experiencing domestic violence and abuse, there is also a high probability of animal abuse. For example, echoing international research (e.g. Ascione 1997) a study in...

Why is it important to vaccinate my horse against Hendra virus?

Thu, 2017-04-27 16:08
There are three important reasons to vaccinate your horse against Hendra virus. First, vaccination protects your horse from contracting Hendra virus (HeV), a serious and life-threatening disease. Unvaccinated horses with the disease either...

Is it legal to have unrestrained dogs on ute trays or trucks?

Fri, 2017-04-21 15:44
As outlined in the table below, legislation in most states and territories specifically prohibit people from transporting dogs unrestrained on the back of utes or other open vehicles or trailers. In those states in which it is not specifically...

What is Low Atmospheric Pressure Stunning (LAPS)?

Wed, 2017-04-19 14:30
Low atmospheric pressure stunning (LAPS) is a new method of inducing unconsciousness (i.e. stunning) poultry prior to slaughter, where birds are placed in a sealed chamber, and the atmospheric pressure is reduced using controlled slow decompression...

Is carbon dioxide ‘stunning’ (rendering unconscious) of pigs humane?

Tue, 2017-04-18 13:33
‘Stunning’ prior to slaughter is legally required in many countries including Australia. It is intended to cause unconsciousness so that slaughter may be carried out without avoidable fear, anxiety, pain, suffering, or distress. The most common...

What is the RSPCA position on racehorse whips?

Tue, 2017-04-11 14:11
The RSPCA is opposed to the use of whips in racing due to the unnecessary and unjustified pain and distress they inflict on horses. The RSPCA supports the introduction of hands-and-heels racing where whips are no longer used for performance but may...

Should horse and greyhound races be permitted in very hot weather?

Tue, 2017-04-11 10:57
Horse and greyhound racing inherently pose significant risks to animal welfare. Racing animals in very hot weather places them at significant risk of dehydration and heat stress. However, there are no consistent rules that prohibit animals from...

Where can I find information on best practice management of feral goats?

Fri, 2017-04-07 14:48
RSPCA Australia acknowledges that, in certain circumstances, it is necessary to manage populations of wild animals in order to reduce adverse impacts on human activities, health and wellbeing or the environment and also to protect the welfare of...

What is the RSPCA's view on the use of animals in circuses?

Fri, 2017-04-07 12:16
The RSPCA is opposed to the use of animals for any kind of entertainment, exhibition or performance where injury, pain or suffering is likely to be caused. We believe that animals used in performances must be treated with respect, and not...

What is Kosher slaughter in Australia?

Wed, 2017-04-05 16:56
Kosher describes what is ‘fit and proper’ for people of the Jewish faith to consume. Kosher food laws are based on interpretation of the Bible and the Torah, the Judaic scriptures, and set out a range of beverages and foods (including...

What is Halal slaughter in Australia?

Wed, 2017-04-05 16:54
Halal describes what is lawful for Muslims to eat. Halal food laws are based on interpretation of the Quran, the Muslim scripture, and set out the range of beverages and foods (including meat) that are acceptable for Muslims to eat. The procedures...

What is the RSPCA's view on recreational hunting?

Thu, 2017-03-23 14:26
The RSPCA opposes recreational hunting, or the act of stalking or pursuing an animal and then killing it for sport, due to the inherent and inevitable pain and suffering caused. Hunting has the potential to result in animals suffering...

Can recreational hunting hinder the management of pest animals?

Thu, 2017-03-23 14:20
The answer is yes. Recreational hunters have interfered with the effective control of pest animals in some areas, especially in state forests. Evidence from genetic studies has shown that pig hunters have illegally transported feral pigs into new...

What is the best training for my greyhound?

Fri, 2017-03-03 11:27
Helping your dog to become a good canine companion is one of the most important responsibilities for every dog owner. This leads to happy and safe interactions at home, with friends, with strangers and with other dogs. The first concept to...

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