• 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…

  • What is Brachycephalic Ocular Syndrome?

    Animals with exaggerated physical features, like brachycephalic or flat-faced dogs and cats, have loving personalities and form strong bonds with their owners. However, there are health and welfare problems associated with their conformation due to selective breeding. Brachycephalic breeds with flattened faces commonly have eye sockets that are very shallow….

  • What do I need to know about Brachycephalic dogs?

    We know that the human families of brachycephalic, or flat-faced dogs love and cherish these characterful and loving animals. These breeds have great personalities and form strong bonds with their owners. Unfortunately, the exaggerated physical features that often initially draw people to these breeds, like their flat faces, cause these…

  • What vaccinations should my dog receive?

    Vaccinations are an important part of caring for your dog as they prevent or reduce the severity of infectious diseases such as canine distemper virus, canine adenovirus, and canine parvovirus, which can cause serious health consequences and even death. Core and non-core vaccines Core vaccines are those that all dogs…

  • Is cosmetic testing on animals legal in Australia?

    Cosmetic products include make-up and skin-care products as well as soaps, shower gels, deodorants, shampoos, toothpastes, some sunscreens and similar products. Testing a finished cosmetic product on animals is not permitted in Australia. However, chemicals that are intended for use in cosmetics may still be tested on animals provided the…

  • What is the RSPCA’s view on breeding dolphins in captivity?

    Most dolphins born in captivity now are likely to live for at least 40 years in an environment where their physical, mental and behavioural needs cannot be met. The RSPCA advocates for the end of breeding dolphins in captivity as soon as possible. In February 2021, the New South Wales…

  • What are the welfare issues with managing peri-urban kangaroos?

    Peri-urban kangaroos are those who inhabit areas directly surrounding established metropolitan, urban, or regional centres. The welfare issues surrounding management of peri-urban kangaroos are complex and challenging, as they involve balancing prevention of harm to kangaroos whilst solving human-animal conflict situations. Why do peri-urban kangaroos need to be managed? Populations…

  • What are my legal rights if I buy a sick or injured pet?

    Adopting or purchasing a new pet is a very exciting time for both owner and pet alike as it marks the beginning of a lifelong relationship. It can therefore be very distressing if a new pet soon becomes sick or appears injured. Sellers and breeders of pets have obligations under…

  • What are the animal welfare issues with pullet training and rearing?

    Pullets are young layer hens before they have reached sexual maturity and start laying eggs. At one day of age, female chicks are transferred to rearing systems until they are around 16 weeks of age, when they are then transferred to layer hen housing for the remainder of their productive…

  • 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…