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What role does the RSPCA play in Australian agriculture and livestock production?

Mon, 2019-04-15 12:33
What role does the RSPCA play in Australian agriculture and livestock production? As Australia’s largest and most trusted animal welfare organisation, the RSPCA is committed to improving and promoting better welfare for farm animals throughout...

Does cigarette smoke affect pets?

Mon, 2019-04-15 12:10
Passive smoking is a well-known health risk for humans; it causes lung cancer and is also associated with an increased likelihood of developing heart disease, stroke, and respiratory illnesses (such as asthma, bronchitis, and pneumonia). There is...

What are the animal welfare issues with jumps racing?

Fri, 2019-04-05 11:12
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 are the animal welfare issues with Thoroughbred racing?

Fri, 2019-04-05 11:09
This article provides a summary of the key problems associated with the horse racing industry that need to be resolved in order to protect the welfare of racehorses. For further information on these topics please follow the links at the end of the...

What are the animal welfare issues relating to meat chicken production?

Thu, 2019-04-04 13:24
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...

How are animals killed for food?

Tue, 2019-04-02 16:32
In Australia, the killing of animals for food, fibre and other animal products (referred to as ‘slaughter’) is underpinned by the Australian standard for the hygienic production and transport of meat and meat products for human consumption. The...

Where can I find information on best practice management of pest birds?

Mon, 2019-04-01 13:56
RSPCA Australia acknowledges that, in certain circumstances, it is necessary to manage populations of wild animals in order to reduce adverse impacts on human activities, health and wellbeing or the environment and also to protect the welfare of...

Where can I find information on best practice management of feral goats?

Mon, 2019-04-01 13:55
RSPCA Australia acknowledges that, in certain circumstances, it is necessary to manage populations of wild animals in order to reduce adverse impacts on human activities, health and wellbeing or the environment and also to protect the welfare of...

Where can I find information on best practice management of feral cats?

Mon, 2019-04-01 13:54
RSPCA Australia acknowledges that, in certain circumstances, it is necessary to manage populations of wild animals in order to reduce adverse impacts on human activities, health and wellbeing or the environment and also to protect the welfare of...

Where can I find information on best practice management of feral pigs?

Mon, 2019-04-01 13:53
RSPCA Australia acknowledges that, in certain circumstances, it is necessary to manage populations of wild animals in order to reduce adverse impacts on human activities, health and wellbeing or the environment and also to protect the welfare of...

Where can I find information on best practice management of foxes?

Mon, 2019-04-01 13:50
RSPCA Australia acknowledges that, in certain circumstances, it is necessary to manage populations of wild animals in order to reduce adverse impacts on human activities, health and wellbeing or the environment and also to protect the welfare of...

Where can I find information on best practice management of hares?

Mon, 2019-04-01 13:43
RSPCA Australia acknowledges that, in certain circumstances, it is necessary to manage populations of wild animals in order to reduce adverse impacts on human activities, health and wellbeing or the environment and also to protect the welfare of...

What is the most humane way to kill crustaceans for human consumption?

Mon, 2019-04-01 12:51
This article is also available for download as a PDF - RSPCA Humane killing of crustaceans Crustaceans show responses consistent with signs of pain and distress.1-6 They also have the cognitive capacity to remember, and learn to avoid,...

Why are cattle dehorned and is it painful?

Mon, 2019-04-01 12:42
Dehorning is the removal of a cow or calf's horn in order to reduce the incidence of bruising and potential injury to animals or people. When carried out on calves under 2 months of age, before the horns have attached to the skull, the procedure is...

Are there animal welfare advantages to on-farm mobile slaughtering units or micro abattoirs?

Mon, 2019-04-01 12:34
The concept of a mobile slaughtering unit arose from the need to slaughter animals on farm for personal consumption. A mobile slaughtering unit drives onto the property where the animal is killed, the carcass is then processed inside the unit and...

How are beef cattle reared?

Mon, 2019-04-01 12:33
Beef cattle are reared outdoors in all Australian states and territories. Southern areas with good pasture have herds with a high density of stock and northern areas, with less feed, have herds with a low density of stock. Queensland and New South...

What is the standard of animal welfare at Australian abattoirs?

Mon, 2019-04-01 12:25
In Australia, the killing of animals for food, fibre and other animal products (referred to as ‘slaughter’) is underpinned by the Australian standard for the hygienic production and transport of meat and meat products for human consumption....

Why should I have my cat desexed?

Thu, 2019-03-28 16:31
Desexing has many benefits, including health benefits for your cat and a reduction in nuisance behaviours. What is desexing and how is it done? A qualified veterinarian performs routine surgery to remove the cat’s reproductive organs in order...

What should I do if my cat is missing?

Tue, 2019-03-26 15:48
Having your cat go missing is a nightmare scenario for cat owners. However, there are steps you can take so that if the worst happens and your cat does escape, you have a better chance of finding them. Don’t wait for your cat to be lost first!...

I want to start keeping my cat indoors. How do I adjust an outdoor cat to containment to my property?

Tue, 2019-03-26 15:47
Most cats will transition successfully to be contained, as long as you provide them with everything they need and transition them gradually to being contained, so that they can get used to the idea. While there are many benefits of keeping your cat...

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