Geelong Animal Welfare Reform (GAWR) will be holding a public protest on the steps of Geelong council’s City Hall commencing at 12 pm Saturday 15 October. GAWR’s members wish to highlight their grievances with the Geelong Animal Welfare Society (GAWS) and what they consider to be intolerable procrastination, long overdue and needed change by the authorities including Geelong council.
Spokesperson Ms Tarsha Andrews said:
“While they continue to shuffle blame and paper, animals are suffering and dying in the most appalling way. The community would be horrified and deeply distressed if they knew of some of the complaints we have received. This is not about bitter ex-staff, complaints have come from a number of sources including many everyday pet lovers. Footage released depicts graphic images of dogs and cats being killed in a callous and cruel manner by GAWS staff at GAWS. The footage and ongoing GAWS revelations have resulted in a huge outpouring of anger and distress from the community. What is of serious concern is that the Department of Primary Industries and Geelong council have known about these issues and breaches for many months and continue to resist and deny these problems.
We are calling for Geelong Council to immediately stand down the Shelter Manager and employ someone more suitable to the welfare of animals. We also call on Council to contract another vet to attend to the animals at GAWS in a more humane way that is acceptable to the public and the legislation designed to protect animals”
A number of complaints have been received in addition to information collated over many months identifying numerous breaches of the Codes and legislation.
In amongst our most urgent grievances and complaints include :
• Geelong council pay GAWS $60 to kill each dog yet only $45 to re-home according to recently resigned President and vet at GAWS, Dr Ian Walter when he addressed members at the GAWS AGM on 28 Sep 2011.
• Also at the AGM on 28 September 2011, Dr Walter admitted publically that unqualified staff were permitted to dispense prescription barbiturates to the dogs in their food bowls and then leave them alone for 16 hours overnight before the dogs were killed the next morning.
A peaceful protest has been organised this Saturday October 15th between 12.00 – 1.00pm outside Geelong City Offices, City Hall, 30 Gheringhap Rd, Geelong. Photo opportunities available.
Contact: Tarsha Andrews 0419 889 619
Contact: Joyce Doherty 0417 558 415