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The week in animal welfare: Volume #9

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  • RSPCA Australia
  • Saturday, 20 May 2017

The week in animal welfare #9

Welcome back to another round up of all things animal welfare you may have missed in this week’s news. There is a lot to cover, so let’s get started:


Greyhounds on the hunt for forever homes

It was great to see greyhounds getting the praise and love they deserve in The Daily Telegraph. As new greyhound adopter, Victoria Giampietro says, “If you have wanted a pet for a while and wondered what to get, I just think [greyhounds are] a wonderful option.” The RSPCA thinks so too, and has a one-stop guide on adopting and caring for a greyhound.


Why do some graziers want to retain, not kill, dingoes?

The Conversation delved into the research and hotly debated topic surrounding whether dingoes are effective at controlling kangaroo and feral goat populations, especially on cattle stations.

10 selfish reasons to save elephants

Apart from being amazing animals (and super cute when they’re babies), The Guardian lists the reasons why elephants can help humans live longer, healthier, happier lives. As the article states, help them, and we help ourselves.


New livestock welfare partnership to focus on ‘aversive’ management practices

Meat and Livestock Australia have announced a partnership with several researchers to undertake research that will focus on improving animal welfare. This is a good move that will see $35 million invested over five years.


Forrest’s major beef with Rinehart’s massive cattle export plans

Plans announced by Gina Rinehart, to export 800,000 live cattle a year from Australia’s north to China for slaughter has served to highlight the flaws in live export and the benefits of local processing.

Billionaire businessman Andrew ‘Twiggy’ Forrest has vocally criticised the idea (and the suggestion some cattle would be sourced from his company) , saying “Mrs Rinehart’s idea of turning Australia’s top end into a mass ‘cattle yard’ for other nations to source livestock, ship overseas and to convert into high-value meat themselves was a potential “disaster” for Australia,” according to The Australian


Turns Out Compassion Is Not A Crime But Pigs Still Property

Jordan Sosnowski from Australia for Dolphins takes a look at a now infamous Canadian case where an activist was prosecuted for giving water to thirsty pigs bound for slaughter (and later had the case dismissed) and whether the law classes animals as ‘property’ and its implications.

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