Minster’s scant regard for welfare of animals

Letter to Editor, Sydney Morning Herald, 22 July 2009, from CEO Cat Protection Society

“It comes as no surprise to learn of Ian MacDonald’s patronage of hunters. The Minister has shown scant regard for the welfare of animals, as those of us working in animal charities can attest. His $3.5 million for the Game Council compares with the $533,000 in funding he announced in April to be split between the RSPCA, Animal Welfare League, WIRES, Cat Protection Society and Domestic Animal Birth Control Co-operative Society.

The government opposes Clover Moore’s bill to reduce the suffering of cats and dogs by regulating their sale, and even  an inquiry into the welfare of companion animals has been rejected. A minister who gives priority to working with a hunter who describes shooting of an elephant as “awesome” is hardly likely to care that tens of thousands of cats and dogs are killed on his watch”

Kritina Vesk, CEO, Cat Protection Society, NSW

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