• Is sodium nitrite a more humane toxin than 1080 for feral pig control?

    For emergency advice on poisoning please go straight to this article: What should I do if suspect my pet has eaten a poison bait? RSPCA Australia has campaigned strongly for research into alternatives to 1080 poison for the control of pest animals. It is important that 1080 is replaced with…

  • What are the animal welfare issues with poultry slaughter?

    Meat chickens and layer hens, the main types of poultry farmed in Australia, are two different breeds of birds and are grown for different purposes. Meat chickens are raised for meat production so have been bred to grow and gain weight very rapidly. Depending on the weight requirements of the…

  • What is Kosher and Halal slaughter in Australia?

    What is Kosher slaughter? Kosher food laws are based on interpretation of the Bible and the Torah, the Judaic scriptures, and set out a range of beverages and foods (including meat) that are acceptable for people of the Jewish faith. For meat to be Kosher, animals must be slaughtered in…

  • How do I keep myself and my dog safe around other dogs and people?

    When you are out and about with your dog, or even just on your own, sometimes a situation arises where a dog may approach you in an unfriendly or threatening way. This can be scary and potentially dangerous. There have been anecdotal reports of more of these encounters occurring during…

  • Do racehorses need to be whipped for performance and safety?

    The need and right to whip racehorses merely for sport and wagering is being increasingly questioned by the community due to animal welfare concerns. The industry defends the use of whips as being necessary to enable jockeys to avoid interference or collision and for gaining the best performance from their horse….

  • What can I do if I suspect a problem with my pet’s food or treats?

    If you suspect that your pet is ill from eating pet food or treats, contact your veterinarian and report the problem to the manufacturer and Pet Food Industry Association of Australia (PFIAA). Pet food manufacture and marketing in Australia is self-regulated against the Australian Standard for the Manufacturing and Marketing…