Government of Western Australia
Department of the Premier and Cabinet – Premier- Media Statement; 15/5/2011
The State Government will boost funding to the RSPCA to aid its work in protecting and promoting the welfare of animals in Western Australia.
Premier Colin Barnett, speaking today at the annual RSPCA Million Paws Walk at Sir James Mitchell Park, said the Liberal-National Government would increase its annual funding of the RSPCA by $250,000, taking the total to $500,000 a year.
“The RSPCA is a well respected community-based organisation which helps to promote care and prevent cruelty to animals,” Mr Barnett said.
“The strong presence of animal owners at events such as the Million Paws Walk today highlights the importance the WA community places on spending time with their pets and making sure they are well cared for.
“Sadly, not all animal owners have the same standards of care and that’s where the RSPCA plays such an important role in promoting awareness and where necessary, undertaking prosecutions.”
The funding will be conditional and delivered through agreed animal welfare education and compliance activities.
Mr Barnett said these activities were in addition to compliance, education and promotion activities undertaken by the State Government.
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