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Is it legal to sell exotic animals such as monkeys or tigers as pets in Australia?

Mon, 2019-02-18 13:42
RSPCA Australia receives many enquiries about exotic animals such as monkeys, tigers and lions for sale over the internet. These animals are often advertised as babies using 'cute' photos with little information about the seller or the origin of...

Should greyhound races be permitted in very hot weather?

Thu, 2019-02-14 16:07
Greyhound racing inherently poses significant risks to animal welfare. Racing greyhounds in very hot weather places them at significant risk of dehydration and heat stress. However, there are no consistent rules that prohibit greyhound racing in...

Should horse races be permitted in very hot weather?

Thu, 2019-02-14 15:46
Horse racing inherently poses significant risks to animal welfare. Racing horses in very hot weather places them at significant risk of dehydration and heat stress. However, there are no consistent rules that prohibit horse racing in Australia...

How do RSPCA Approved salmon farms protect fish from predators, such as seals?

Thu, 2019-02-14 10:09
In Tasmania, farmed Atlantic salmon may be vulnerable to attack by seals and sea birds. Maintaining good fish welfare by protecting farmed Atlantic salmon from predators, such as seals and sea birds is critical to the RSPCA Approved Farming...

What are the animal welfare issues associated with horse jumps racing?

Tue, 2019-02-12 12:06
Jumps racing poses many welfare risks to racehorses which can result in significant pain, injury, distress and death. Thoroughbred jumps racing comprises either hurdle or steeple obstacles which are at least 1 metre in height. Jumps races are at...

What is the RSPCA’s view on dolphins in captivity?

Mon, 2019-02-11 14:20
Dolphins are marine mammals belonging to the group known as cetaceans, which also includes whales, orcas and porpoises. RSPCA Australia recognises that some animals have complex social, physical or behavioural needs which are extremely difficult...

What is the RSPCA doing about transportation of farm animals?

Thu, 2019-02-07 16:34
Farm animals are transported within Australia to other properties, saleyards, feedlots, abattoirs and export ports. Some of these journeys may involve distances of thousands of kilometres over several days. Most land transport uses purpose-built...

What should I feed my dog?

Thu, 2019-02-07 11:13
What should I feed my dog? Domesticated dogs are largely carnivores but will also eat plant-based foods. Wild dogs eat a variety of food which comprise mainly of prey animals, consisting of. raw meat, bones, organs and a small amount of the...

Are preservatives in pet food products a concern?

Thu, 2019-02-07 11:11
Both processed/manufactured pet food and raw 'pet meat' products can contain preservatives. There may be no legal requirement to label pet food products as containing preservatives. There are safety issues relating to sulphur dioxide and sodium...

What should I feed my puppy?

Thu, 2019-02-07 11:09
What should I feed my puppy? Puppies are largely carnivores but will also eat some plant-based foods. Puppies naturally wean off their mother's milk at around 8-12 weeks of age. Wild dogs feed their young with prey animal carcases. In the wild,...

What should I feed my cat?

Thu, 2019-02-07 10:44
What should I feed my cat? Cats are obligate or true carnivores, meaning that they need a source of animal protein to survive. In the wild, cats eat the carcases of the prey animals they hunt, which consist of raw meat, bones and organs. They...

What should I feed my kitten?

Thu, 2019-02-07 10:29
What should I feed my kitten? Kittens are essentially baby carnivores with specialised needs. Kittens naturally wean off their mother's milk at around 8-12 weeks of age. When young cats are old enough (around 8 weeks old) they start to eat food...

What are the welfare issues relating to meat chicken production?

Mon, 2019-02-04 15:19
Chickens that are grown for meat production (also called broiler chickens) are genetically very different from layer hens (which are bred to produce eggs). Meat chickens have been selectively bred over many generations to grow and gain weight very...

What is the RSPCA doing to get hens out of battery cages?

Mon, 2019-02-04 15:09
The RSPCA is strongly opposed to battery cages and believes there must now be a legislative phase-out of their use. For many years, the RSPCA has campaigned against housing hens in battery cages and raised public awareness of the inherent welfare...

What are the RSPCA Approved Farming Scheme standards for turkeys?

Mon, 2019-02-04 15:08
The RSPCA Approved Farming Scheme Standards - Turkeys have been developed by RSPCA Australia to improve the welfare of turkeys on farm, during transport and at slaughter. The Standards cover various aspects of production including food and water,...

What are the RSPCA Approved Farming Scheme standards for meat chickens?

Mon, 2019-02-04 12:49
The RSPCA Approved Farming Scheme Standards - Meat chickens have been developed by RSPCA Australia to improve the welfare of meat chickens in Australia on farm, during transport and at slaughter. The Standards cover various aspects of meat chicken...

Is hunting feral pigs with dogs legal in Australia?

Mon, 2019-02-04 12:41
Unfortunately, hunting of pigs with dogs is a legal activity in some parts of Australia, with laws varying between states and territories. In some jurisdictions, dogs can be used to flush out or locate feral pigs but they are not permitted to bring...

What is boar taint and how can it be prevented?

Fri, 2019-02-01 08:52
As male pigs reach puberty, they start producing andosterone, a male sex hormone, and skatole, a digestive by-product formed in the intestines. The production of andosterone and skatole is responsible for boar taint, an unpleasant odour and taste...

What are the welfare issues with tail biting and tail docking in pigs?

Thu, 2019-01-31 16:05
Tail biting and tail docking are major welfare concerns for pigs, particularly for those kept in barren intensive housing. Most piglets housed in these systems have their tails docked within days of birth to prevent tail biting later in life. ...

Why is wallowing important for pig welfare?

Thu, 2019-01-31 15:54
Wallowing is a natural behaviour which pigs are motivated to perform and, when given the opportunity, pigs will make their own wallows. A wallow is a shallow depression containing muddy water in which a pig will often dig and root before entering...

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