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What are some 'red flags' when looking for a pet online?

Tue, 2018-12-11 11:23
The cardinal rule when using the internet to help you look for a new pet online is this: never buy an animal without meeting them in person. Meeting your new pet before you bring them home is important for so many reasons: you can assess the...

Is there a safe way to look for a new pet online?

Tue, 2018-12-11 11:21
While the internet is a great way to research and look for your new best friend, you should absolutely avoid buying a pet online. Poor practices can place animals at serious risk, and can also mean consumers risk being deceived and disappointed. Of...

How do I contact the Minister for Agriculture to ask for improvements in animal welfare?

Tue, 2018-12-11 11:16
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...

RSPCA Guidelines for the Online Advertising of Pets

Tue, 2018-12-11 09:58
The RSPCA has developed the RSPCA Guidelines for the Online Advertising of Pets to assist websites who trade pets online. As more Australians turn to the internet to search for their new pet, this has important implications for traceability,...

Why is it important to declare mulesing status on the National Wool Declaration?

Thu, 2018-12-06 14:01
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?

Mon, 2018-12-03 16:12
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...

RSPCA Policy D5 Use of animals sheltered or owned by the RSPCA

Tue, 2018-11-20 15:13
5.1 RSPCA shelters provide sanctuary for a diverse group of animals which may include: stray animals being held for the statutory period, seized animals awaiting legal processes, animals undergoing veterinary procedures, animals awaiting...

What is Halal slaughter in Australia?

Mon, 2018-11-19 17:05
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...

Why is anaesthesia important for pet dentistry?

Mon, 2018-11-19 11:56
A visit to the dentist leads to fear and anxiety in most people. Like people, animals need to go to the dentist regularly too. Dental disease is the most common condition affecting pets, with 70% of cats and 80% of dogs experiencing some level of...

How should I care for my pets during fireworks displays?

Mon, 2018-11-19 11:27
Across Australia annual celebrations may involve fireworks. Unfortunately, many animals are terrified by firework displays which can indirectly pose risks to animal safety by causing them to take flight and try to escape the loud noises. Dogs and...

Does using paintball guns to identify animals cause harm?

Thu, 2018-11-15 14:35
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 is the RSPCA position on whips in Thoroughbred racing?

Thu, 2018-11-15 14:19
The RSPCA is opposed to the use of whips for the purpose of enhancing performance in racing due to the pain and distress they inflict on horses. The RSPCA supports the introduction of hands-and-heels racing where whips are carried for safety...

What are the animal welfare issues associated with bull riding?

Thu, 2018-11-15 12:58
As with other rodeo events, the RSPCA is opposed to bull riding because of the potential for significant injury, suffering and stress to the animals involved. Rodeos are held in all Australia states and territories except for the Australian Capital...

What are the animal welfare issues associated with pig farming?

Wed, 2018-11-14 15:44
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 are the animal welfare issues associated with rodeos?

Tue, 2018-11-13 11:38
A rodeo is a form of entertainment or sport where untrained horses and cattle are used to demonstrate riding and handling skills. Events include bronco riding, bull riding, calf roping and steer wrestling. The RSPCA is opposed to rodeos and rodeo...

How do young calves cope with transport?

Fri, 2018-10-05 16:25
Calves are legally able to be transported at 5 days old or, if transported directly to a calf-rearing facility, at less than 5 days old. However, older calves are better able to withstand the stressors of transport which include loading and...

Is group housing preferable to individual housing of dairy calves?

Fri, 2018-10-05 16:24
Calves born in a natural environment will begin interacting with each other at around 1-2 weeks of age when the dam (mother) will leave their calf with a group of other calves and graze nearby. Before then, the calf is either with their dam or...

Why are calves separated from their mother in the dairy industry?

Fri, 2018-10-05 16:24
For cows to produce milk, they have to give birth to a calf. Standard dairy industry practice is to separate calves within 24 hours of birth. This is done to reduce the risk of disease transmission to the calf (e.g. Bovine Johne’s Disease, a...

How much milk should dairy calves be fed?

Fri, 2018-10-05 16:23
Common dairy industry practice is to feed unweaned calves around 10% of calf body weight in milk daily. However, this amount of milk is about half of what calves would typically drink (around 10 litres of milk over 8-12 feeds per day) in the first...

Why is colostrum feeding important for calves?

Fri, 2018-10-05 16:23
Colostrum is a fluid produced by the pregnant cow prior to giving birth to her calf in readiness for the calf at first suckling. Calves are born with little to no immunity and colostrum provides the calf with antibodies that protect it from...

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