The week in animal welfare: Volume #10

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Welcome back to our ‘Week in Animal Welfare’ roundup. Get comfortable in front of your keyboard and click through to read the latest news in animal welfare.


Million Paws Walk 2017

In case you missed all the walking, panting and fun that was had around the country on Sunday, Million Paws Walk was held at over 80 locations and saw tens of thousands of humans and their furry friends come together to support the RSPCA. You can check out photos of some of the amazing events:


US circus closes curtains over animal welfare concerns

After 150 years, one of the world’s oldest circuses closed for good in the United States after almost 150 years in the business. Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey partly attribute their dwindling ticket sales the community’s concerns regarding animal welfare.

You can also read the latest blog from RSPCA Australia on the truth about exotic animals in circuses and the current situation in Australia.


Yale University change mascot after welfare concerns for bulldog breed

Yale University has made an important change to its long-held mascot in an effort to protect and raise awareness over the welfare issues of the traditional bulldog breed. The new mascot, Walter, is part of the Olde English Bulldogge breed, and according to his handler, “doesn’t have all the afflictions that normal English bulldogs have. He won’t have to have his throat stretched, he can swim, he was not born by C-section and he’ll be able to breed by himself.“

The RSPCA highlights the welfare and health issues around bulldogs at Love is Blind.


New breeder registration laws for Queensland

The end of May will see new dog breeder laws in Queensland introduced that will appy to anyone giving away, supplying, selling or advertising dogs born or after May 26, 2017. It will apply to regular and occasion breeders (including backyard litters).

All new puppies will have a Supply Number that is a breeder identification number. The number can then be used to search for information on the breeder on a new Queensland Dog Breeder Register website.

All puppies will need to be registered within 28 days using the online register, which is a free process.

Exemptions will be in place for some working dogs.