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How do I contact the Minister for Agriculture to ask for improvements in animal welfare?
Most farm animal welfare issues are the responsibility of State and Territory governments. If you are concerned about the way animals are reared, transported or slaughtered for food or fibre and you would like to see a change in government...
Why is it important to declare mulesing status on the National Wool Declaration?
In 2008, the Australian Wool Exchange (through which around 90% of Australian wool is auctioned) introduced the National Wool Declaration (NWD) to allow wool growers to voluntarily declare the mulesing status of their sheep, and thus their animal...
Who do I contact to report an animal welfare issue with farm animals?
RSPCA Inspectors employed by RSPCA ACT, RSPCA New South Wales, RSPCA South Australia, RSPCA Tasmania and RSPCA Western Australia have legal jurisdiction over commercial farming activities in relation to animal welfare legislation within their...
What is Halal slaughter in Australia?
Halal describes what is lawful for Muslims to eat. Halal food laws are based on interpretation of the Quran, the Muslim scripture, and set out the range of beverages and foods (including meat) that are acceptable for Muslims to eat. The procedures...
Does using paintball guns to identify animals cause harm?
Paintball guns are pneumatic firearms driven by compressed gas. While it is clear that under no circumstances should a paintball gun be used on an animal for recreational or malicious purposes, they are used in Australia and overseas to mark or...
What are the animal welfare issues associated with pig farming?
Pigs that are housed in sow stalls and farrowing crates have no opportunity to engage in exploratory and foraging behaviour, or to interact socially with other pigs. As a result, they show high levels of stereotypical behaviour (repeating the...
What is electro-immobilisation and what impact does it have on animal welfare?
Electro-immobilisation is a restraining method that runs a low-voltage electrical current down the animal’s spine to induce temporary paralysis, thereby preventing voluntary movement (Grandin, 1986; American Veterinary Medical Association, 2008)....
Why can't the RSPCA prosecute farmers for keeping animals in intensive systems?
Intensive farming methods involve removing animals from their natural environments and keeping them housed or confined for all, or a large part, of their lives. They are raised in large numbers under controlled conditions, commonly involving use of...
Why can't the RSPCA prosecute farmers for performing painful husbandry procedures without anaesthetic or pain relief?
The RSPCA can only prosecute farmers for cruelty if they have broken laws relating to animal welfare that apply in their state or territory. If farmers are operating within the law, the RSPCA inspectors who enforce animal protection legislation...
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