Welcome back to our Animal Welfare Wrap-up. Get comfortable in front of your keyboard and click on through to read all the latest news in animal welfare.
ACT commits to ban greyhound racing
Great news last week, when the ACT Government made a big announcement that will see greyhound racing banned in the capital by the end of June 2018. RSPCA Australia and RSPCA ACT have welcomed the move, and we’re encouraging our supporters to send a quick message of thanks to ACT Attorney-General Gordon Ramsay for recognising the importance of animal welfare with this decision. Join us by saying thank you in your own words via https://www.rspca.org.au/greyhound-racing-ban-thank-you-act-government.
LISTEN: Animal welfare issues on rodeos
RSPCA Australia Senior Scientific Office Dr Di Evans recently chatted to Triple J’s current affairs program Hack about the animal welfare issues surrounding rodeos and calf roping. You can check out the full interview here.
End live export Bill introduced in Federal Parliament
The RSPCA recently supported the introduction of the Live Animal Export (Slaughter) Prohibition Bill in Federal Parliament, which seeks to end the live export of animals for slaughter. The Bill amends the Export Control Act 1982 in order to prevent the future export of cattle, sheep, goats and any other animals sent overseas to be killed. Read our full statement here.
Jamie Oliver wins top RSPCA UK award
Jamie Oliver has been awarded by RSPCA UK for his ongoing work to improve the welfare of farm animals and promoting high welfare products. Oliver received the organisation’s top honour and said, “If we all keep fighting, we can make a real difference. There’s a lot still to be done but this award is a massive boost. So thank you.” Read more here.
The Conversation: Pets strengthen neighbourhood ties
Recent studies into the social effect pets can have beyond their owners have shown they can also “strengthen the social fabric of local neighbourhoods” and help build social capital. Read more.
And in other big news this week .... our petition to ban the live export of ponies, horses and donkeys has reached almost 21,000 signatures! There's still time if you haven't signed yet though - click through to www.liveexport.org.au, and remember to share with your friends as well.