March 2, 2010

A Strong Voice for Animal Welfare

While dog and cat welfare remains a core issue for RSPCA and the animal welfare movement, our cause has always been grounded on a broader concern for protecting all animals from cruelty. 
The humane movement is built around a concern for any mistreatment and abuse of any animal—whether domesticated or wild or by individuals or institutions. Increasingly, there has been a more careful assessment of the treatment of production animals. RSPCA has for many years looked at ways of improving farming practices including live transport, live export, battery cages, sow stalls and the myriad of welfare issues these practices carry. 
RSPCA continues to investigate and expose inhumane practices across the nation and the awful mistreatment of animals. There have also been pointed criticisms focused on the lifelong confinement of certain farm animals—such as breeding sows and laying hens—in cages and crates barely larger than their bodies. Whether you are a devoted carnivore or a committed vegetarian, these inhumane production practices should be a concern to every humane advocate.
Whereas in the ACT we have limited exposure to intensive farming practices we have a role to play. To ensure you, our supporter is kept informed I have included some key reference points for you which will allow you to be kept informed about the work RSPCA is doing at a national and international level.
In 2010 other areas that we will be focusing on locally include the ongoing issue of intensive breeding of puppies for sale through pet shops and classified advertising. We have recently undertaken a study of newspaper advertising through the Canberra Times. The results are alarming and we have since raised our concerns with the Chief Minister.
Wildlife continues to be a core area. We will continue to educate the community about how we can better live in harmony with our unique fauna and we will further enhance our caring services to better cope with the ever increasing volume of native animals requiring our care.

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