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31 May 2012

The RSPCA has welcomed a vote on the Livestock Act as a victory for animal welfare.

Parliament has voted against an amendment by the Hon Robert Brokenshire MLC, which would

have transferred the RSPCA’s power to protect farm animals and horses to the Department of

Primary Industries and Resources (PIRSA).

RSPCA (SA) Chief Executive Officer Neale Sutton said it’s a great result for all creatures great

and small.

“The RSPCA has been enforcing legislation that relates to the welfare of livestock and horses

since 1908,” he said.

“We do this without fear or favour. Parliament’s decision ensures that we will continue our

excellent work in this area, which is the best outcome for animal welfare.

“I recognise that some in the livestock industry are concerned about the RSPCA holding onto

this role.

“We have heard their voices, and will work closely with the industry to ensure that together, we can

guarantee both animal welfare and the livestock producers’ right to a profitable livelihood.

“The RSPCA is an independent, professional and highly experienced organisation. Our expertise

is the welfare of all creatures great and small.

“We look forward to continuing a close and productive working relationship with PIRSA and

the wider industry on matters relating to livestock.”

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