• 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…

  • How can I safely attract birds and other wildlife to my backyard?

    Birds and wildlife can be attracted to backyards in a way that creates harmony for plants, people and animals. The key considerations are ensuring that wildlife you attract to your garden are safe from harm and nutritional problems, and that their behaviour is not modified in a way which is…

  • What are the animal welfare issues with feedlots for sheep?

    Welfare issues for sheep in feedlots, particularly where sheep are housed indoors in sheds, include social stress, limited space allowance and ability to express natural behaviours, lameness and other health problems. The RSPCA believes that sheep must be provided with freedom of movement and the ability to satisfy their behavioural,…

  • What are the animal welfare issues with the slaughter of turkeys?

    Turkeys raised for meat production (e.g. whole turkey or drumsticks) are bred to grow and gain weight very rapidly, with birds ready for processing at around 10 weeks old. Once they arrive at the abattoir, turkeys are removed from their transport crates and shackled by their legs in preparation for…

  • What are the animal welfare issues with on-farm euthanasia of turkeys?

    Commercial turkeys raised for meat production may at times need to be euthanased on-farm because they are weak, sick, injured or unable to walk, and will not recover with treatment. As with all euthanasia of animals, it is important that the method used is humane, meaning the method chosen either…

  • Why is environmental enrichment important for turkeys?

    For turkeys in commercial production systems to experience good welfare, it is important that their environment is stimulating, enriching and allows them to exhibit natural behaviours. Environmental enrichment can improve the bird’s environment by increasing the complexity of surroundings and by providing opportunities to engage in natural and rewarding behaviours….