MATT SMITH; MERCURY; OCTOBER 08, 2013
PUPPY farms will have to maintain a strict regimen of standards when looking after dogs under new regulations proposed by the State Government.
Tasmania’s chief vet Rod Andrewartha said the draft standards were established after significant feedback from the community and organisations.
The Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment is calling for public comment on a discussion paper looking into the minimum standards for the care of dogs. ( http://www.dpipwe.tas.gov.au)
Puppy farms, pet shops, animal shelters and pounds will have to adhere to a list of 90 minimum standards that cover everything from the staff they employ to the frequency of food, under the proposed new standards.
New standards will also apply to all dog owners. READ MORE HERE
news.com.au September 16th 2013
IT IS being called “Australia’s new live export scandal”.
Australian puppy farmers are making thousands of dollars selling dogs to pet shops in Singapore, where they are forced to live in squalor and confinement, a CLEO Magazine investigation has found.
Animal welfare group Oscar’s Law recently travelled to Singapore to witness the shocking treatment of Australian puppies, some of which are just eight weeks old.
Debra Tranter, the group’s founder, explained how the lucrative puppy trade works. READ MORE
The Daily Advertiser, July 19, 2013,
MINISTER for Primary Industries Katrina Hodgkinson will be asked to make a public apology after likening animal liberationists to terrorists.
Yesterday at the NSW Farmers Association general meeting Ms Hodgkinson came out swinging when talking about animal rights groups which covertly film piggeries to monitor the welfare of animals.
It didn’t take long for her comments to reach the ears of welfare organisations. Her comments have been slammed as “baseless, outrageous and highly offensive”.
During her address Ms Hodgkinson pointed the finger at Animals Australia.
“We have to win the fight on this one and we have to keep putting it up to city people that may not necessarily understand our farming practices and how important they are, that they can not support these groups such as Animals Australia and can not support what they’re doing,” she said. READ MORE HERE
Sunday Tasmanian – Pet Column for 31st March
How about this as a vision for the future? Not only are we caring about the cute animals that share our lives, we’re caring about them all. High standards of care and protection for all animals is accepted by the majority of the population, politicians, legislators and authorities. Strong and practical animal welfare legislation is in place nationally and supported in law.
An official public database provides access to procedures for delivering good animal welfare outcomes. Animal lawyers defend mistreated animals and confirm high standards of animal welfare to the public. This is the vision of Antione Goetschel, the world’s first lawyer for animals who will be speaking in Hobart on April 29th. READ MORE HERE
Newcastle Herald; JANEK SPEIGHT; Dec. 30, 2012,
ANIMAL rescue groups from around the state will converge in the Hunter in 2013 to address what they believe are alarming rates of animal cruelty in the region.
The Rescuers and Advocates Companion Animal Conference will be held in February at Warners Bay and aims to educate people on how to participate in animal rescue, how to find foster families for pets and how to work with media, council and vets.
Dog Rescue Newcastle founder Sue Barker, who will speak on the day, said there was a big concern about overpopulation and euthanasia rates of animals in the Hunter.
‘‘Our councils aren’t doing anything to reduce rates, especially concerning backyard breeders,’’ she said. ‘‘We’re constantly busy. Sometimes we’re getting six to eight animals in a day. READ MORE HERE
The Mercury ZARA DAWTREY | December 20, 2012
“RSPCA president Paul Swiatkowski has angrily denied allegations of animal mistreatment at the organisation’s Tasmanian shelters.”
ANIMALS at RSPCA Tasmania shelters have repeatedly been left unmedicated, untreated and uncared for over the past 18 months, according to a series of internal complaints from senior staff.
The Mercury has obtained documents which show veterinary staff — including statewide chief vet Gabby Lawson — have reported on a number of occasions what they describe as serious animal welfare issues.
However the RSPCA has rejected the allegations, choosing to respond through a lawyer.
“Those allegations are spurious, scandalous, wrong in fact, defamatory, highly inflammatory,” president Paul Swiatkowski said through lawyer Leonard Fernandez.
In January a staffer discovered a rosella trying to escape from a portable cage in the shelter laundry. “Clearly it has been abandoned in a carrier all night,” the woman’s complaint reads.
Dr Lawson had complained that animals were not being medicated properly and in November wrote that this remained an ongoing issue. The chief vet’s email stated she was “struggling to understand” why a core task was still presenting such a problem. READ MORE HERE
Sunday Tasmanian; by columnist Anne Boxall, Sunday 2nd September, 2012, Pet Column
There is no debate over whether the human race’s treatment of animals is ethical or not.
It’s unethical and we know it. The question is just how much injustice do we want to partake in?
This is the question Australian journalist and published writer Anna Krien raises in her work Us and Them – On the Importance of Animals (Quarterly Essay No 45, March 2012). It’s a powerful read which tests our personal limits as to what’s okay and what’s not in the treatment of animals as well as highlighting our contradictory relationships with them. READ MORE HERE