• 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…

  • How can I teach my dog recall (to come when called)?

    One of the most important skills your dog needs to learn is “recall” – coming to you when you call. This is important in keeping your dog safe as it can help your dog avoid potentially dangerous situations such as being hit by a car, running off and becoming lost,…

  • What is RSPCA Australia’s position on the irradiation of imported pet food products?

    RSPCA Australia’s position is that pet food should not be irradiated. According to the Department of Agriculture, irradiation of pet food for cats presents a unique case and because of detrimental nutritional changes in cat food, irradiation has not been used for this commodity since 2009. This followed the ‘Orijen’…

  • Are whips used in horse harness racing?

    Concerns regarding the use of whips in Thoroughbred racing have increased in recent years but there has been less focus on their use on standardbred horses for harness racing. Compared to Thoroughbred racing, harness racing authorities have been more active in tightening their whip rules to help improve animal welfare…