The week in animal welfare: Volume #7

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Welcome back to our ‘Week in Animal Welfare’ roundup. Get comfortable in front of your keyboard, and click through to read the latest news in animal welfare:

Footage of cruelty toward dairy calves in Tasmania

We were all horrified to see footage allegedly captured at a Tasmanian abattoir in December, which showed young dairy calves being beaten, kicked and thrown. The Tasmanian Department of Primary Industries is now investigating, and we warn you, you might find this footage distressing.

Read our media statement here.

Lack of clarity in free range rules

RSPCA’s Senior Policy Officer Jed Goodfellow explains why the Government’s new free range information standard fails to provide clarity and address consumer concerns.

You can read our media statement here as well.

Empirical Evidence: Cats Love People

Despite much anecdotal evidence to the contrary, science has come up with the definitive answer once again. It turns out, cats will choose human company over toys, food, and even things that smell good!

RSPCA searches for duck with knife in its head, inspector says cruelty becoming 'just disturbing'

RSPCA South Australia is investigating after receiving shocking images showing a duck that seems to have a knife embedded in its head. The RSPCA said it was treating the case as an ‘appalling, deliberate act of cruelty’ and which is now searching for both the culprit and the injured animal.

Harness Racing South Australia wants to keep whipping horses

We were concerned to hear of plans by Harness Racing Australia to sidestep or back away from the industry’s voluntary and world-leading decision to end whip use. See RSPCA South Australia’s statement here, and if you’d like to take action, click here.

Before we let you go, we’ll also plug what we’ve been up to in the last couple of weeks:

The facts about battery cages

Have you joined our most recent supporter action yet? It’s been less than two weeks since we launched the latest stage of our ongoing campaign to end the battery cage. In that time, thousands upon thousands of you have written to egg producers who are still using battery cages as well as producing cage-free eggs.

As a result, two interesting things have happened