• Should I feed bones to my dog?

    Bones can provide dogs with nutrients and mental stimulation, plus remove tartar from the surface of their teeth. However, bones can break teeth, cause internal blockages, as well as carry bacteria that can make both animals and humans ill. It is important to consider these factors so you can make…

  • What are the 3Rs in animal research?

    The 3Rs (Three Rs) of replacement, reduction and refinement have guided research involving animals through the use of humane principles around the world. The 3Rs have been adopted in various ways through policy, guidelines and legislation. In Australia, people involved in animal research are trained to understand and implement the…

  • Why and how should I groom my dog?

    Grooming the dogs in your care is important. There are health and welfare benefits over and above making their coat look great and well-cared-for. Benefits of grooming Some of the benefits are obvious such as keeping the coat tidy, removing knots, and making the coat look well-cared-for. Other benefits which…

  • Emergency preparedness for farm animals

    Emergency events like droughts, fires, floods and other natural disasters are an unfortunate reality that are becoming more frequent as a result of climate change. These events have devastating impacts and affect thousands of farm animals. Owners of cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, poultry and other farm animals have a duty…

  • What are the welfare issues with animals used in research?

    The use of animals in research poses many welfare risks including those associated with housing, nutrition, social groupings, handling practices, interventions and fate of the animals. These risks may result in pain, fear, physical injury, disease, anxiety and distress resulting in suffering and/or reduced ability to function normally. Addressing these…

  • What is the RSPCA’s view of the use of animals in research?

    Thousands of animals are used in research and teaching in Australia each year. It is essential that the sentience of these animals is recognised and that their welfare is considered a high priority. The RSPCA believes that the use of animals in research must be justified, does not cause pain…

  • Why are animals used in research?

    A diverse range of animal species are used in research but the vast majority are rats, mice and fish; guinea pigs, rabbits, cattle, sheep, horses, dogs, cats and other animals are also used. National statistics of the number and species of animals used in research in Australia are not collected….

  • What is the RSPCA’s view on crocodile farming?

    The way in which crocodiles are farmed for skins and meat results in a number of welfare concerns including confinement, which prevents crocodiles from being able to fully exercise freely and satisfy their behavioural, social and physiological needs. Crocodiles are sentient and intelligent animals who need adequate space to exercise…

  • What are the welfare risks associated with difficulty giving birth in brachycephalic dogs?

    Animals with exaggerated physical features, like brachycephalic or flat-faced dogs, have loving personalities and form strong bonds with their owners. Unfortunately, breeding for particular body shape features results in health and welfare problems. Many brachycephalic dog breeds have major difficulty giving birth. British bulldogs, French bulldogs and Pugs are deliberately…