Just thought I’d do an update on some of the welfare issues that have been prominent in Australia over the past few years/months. To everyone’s cautious joy, there are some positive steps taking place. It seems that the pressure of the welfare groups and rescue organisations, as well as a growing public awareness, has been having an impact and making our governments take some action. Not before time. There is still the issue of Breed Specific Legislation which is a very complicated, emotive can of worms that needs to be tackled. However due to the passion and polar opinions within the community it needs to be addressed very carefully.
In no particular order of importance (they are all super-important) the following have occurred in the past 2 weeks:
1. Pets Paradise, a chain of pet shops which sold puppies and kittens, has been put into administration, amid claims of selling puppies who subsequently died of parvo virus, tracked back to their supplier – a Gippsland puppy farm.
2. The RSPCA has made raids on at least two notorious puppy farms – one in Queensland and one in Victoria. The animals have been seized, taken into care and will hopefully be rehomed. Here is an excerpt from the article today:
|On Thursday 9 August 2012, five RSPCA Inspectors attended a property in the South Gippsland region of Victoria. What was found was later described by even our most seasoned Inspectors and Senior RSPCA Veterinarian as one of the worst living environments for animals that they had ever seen. Simply, our rescue team was shocked and appalled. 62 dogs, including puppies as young as two days old, were living in filth and squalor. Sadly, they were made to live in as much as 3-4 inches of their own waste, in tiny pens or cages – some without water. One particular dog that was rescued could not be identified by breed because its hair was that matted and caked in mud and waste.Extremely concerned for the welfare of the dogs, as well as the other animals on the property, RSPCA Inspectors issued the owner with a warrant to immediately seize all of the animals in her care. 62 dogs and puppies, a number of cats, five guinea pigs, one horse, one hen, one budgie and a deceased turtle were rescued from the property.Our rescue team learned that the property is an ex-breeding establishment. What they could not understand, is why the owner did not seek support to rehome these beautiful animals instead of allowing a ghastly situation like this occur?All animals from the property are currently being assessed by our expert clinic and shelter teams. Whilst it is unknown at this stage, many may require extensive rehabilitation from RSPCA staff and volunteers.|
3. Victorian Government sets up animal welfare fund: Posted August 09, 2012 12:50:11
The State Government is committing $1.6 million to the fund to help animal shelters and welfare agencies rescue abandoned animals.
Treasurer Kim Wells says the proceeds from penalties and seizures of illegal puppy farms is unpredictable, but the Government is guaranteeing $400,000 each year, for four years.
“Under the Minister for Agriculture’s authority we’ve been able to increase fines, increase inspections and have a situation now where we’re able to be on top of the illegal puppy farms and we think that’s a good move,” he said.”
4. Oscar’s Law – anti-puppy farming campaigners and advocates of adopting, not shopping, has announced simultaneous rallies in Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide on September 16, 2012.
It is extremely encouraging, and rewarding, for all the people who have been involved in campaigning to stop animal cruelty over the years to see that perhaps some positive steps are being taken and the public is getting behind their campaigns. There is a long way to go, obviously, but whatever we can all do to help them will be greatly appreciated.
I would also like to mention a few rescue organisations who are doing an amazing job of running their groups with volunteers and donations only and have a strict no-kill policy (unlike some government funded ‘shelters’). The number of animals they are rescuing seems never ending but their dedication and love for these poor souls is also never ending.
- Greyhound Rescue – Box Hill, NSW
- Pets Haven Animal Shelter – Woodend, Victoria
- Fetching Dogs – Picton, NSW
Thank you to their wonderful founders and volunteers for your passion and dedication to help those who can’t help themselves and are so deserving of a better life. You are truly the good people of the world.