Our role

The state and territory member Societies provide services to animals in need through their shelters and inspectorates. In the national office, RSPCA Australia works to influence animal welfare policy, practice and legislation across the country
Go to Our role

Key issues

The RSPCA advocates for the welfare of animals across a number of industries, issues and platforms. Help from our supporters is important to progress change. Working together is key.
Go to Key issues
take action live sheep export alternate
Priority issue
We are closer than ever to finally…
Live sheep export

Support us

Whether you're an individual or a business, there are multiple ways you can support the RSPCA
Go to Support us
An animal in the RSPCA care being cared for by an RSPCA vet
Donate now to support your local RSPCA and make a difference to animal welfare across Australia


The RSPCA is an independent, community-based charity providing animal care and protection services across the country.
Go to About
about us national statistics
Read our National Statistics
Compiled on a national basis by RSPCA…
Annual statistics


By choosing adoption, you’ll not only have the chance to make a friend for life, but you’ll be giving an animal a second chance and helping support the RSPCA.
Go to Adopt
adopt a pet logo
Visit the Adopt A Pet website
Make a difference to a pet’s life today.
Search Adoptapet

RSPCA Australia has major concerns about Minister for Agriculture Barnaby Joyce’s comments that a new market for Australia’s live cattle is ‘imminent’ and that live export agreements can ‘sometimes be very quick’.

“The rush to push animals into Vietnam, with 89 facilities approved in under 2 years, and the cruelty resulting from inadequate monitoring and oversight should serve as a warning to the Government and exporters,” said Dr Bidda Jones, RSPCA Australia Chief Scientist.

“New markets must provide clear evidence of their capacity to meet animal welfare standards before any agreements are made. This should include a full and transparent audit of all facilities involved in the supply chain and an assessment of the country’s ability to comply with the Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System standards.

“This should never be a quick process. If it is, the Government and the industry have not done their due diligence, and cannot in all conscience send Australian animals into a market which has been developed in such haste. 

"Minister Joyce’s efforts to expand live export markets are misplaced and will only serve to put animals at even more risk of unnecessary suffering.

“Rather than focussing its efforts on an industry which continually undermines Australia’s ‘clean, green’ reputation, the Government should be working to expand meat export markets with the goal of transitioning to a meat-only trade.

“This would ensure humane treatment for our animals and a stable and sustainable market for producers,” said Dr Jones. 

subscribe box

Stay informed on big issues and how you can help improve animal welfare across Australia.

Subscribe today and we’ll keep you updated on all the latest campaigns, events and news.