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What happens to livestock that are exported for slaughter overseas?

Fri, 2017-08-11 12:39
Food animals destined for live export are mustered (often from extensive properties), loaded into trucks or trains and taken to a feedlot (a penned area) for up to a week until there are enough animals to fill a ship. They are then loaded...

What are the standards of animal welfare onboard live export ships?

Fri, 2017-08-11 12:38
Animals often experience a range of welfare problems caused by the conditions in which they are transported onboard live export ships. High stocking densities and ammonia levels, extreme changes in climatic conditions and changes in the type of...

How would a cessation of the live sheep export trade affect WA sheep farmers?

Fri, 2017-08-11 12:38
RSPCA Australia commissioned respected economists, ACIL Tasman, to look at the farm-level adjustments that would be required if live sheep exports from Western Australia were phased out. This report provides reliable information about the real...

What are the animal welfare issues associated with feedlots?

Wed, 2017-08-09 10:26
Feedlots are yarded areas where cattle and sheep, after having been raised on pasture, are held in groups in close confinement for a period before they are slaughtered. Food and water for the animals are supplied mechanically or by hand. Feedlots...

Where can I find information on best practice management of foxes?

Tue, 2017-08-08 18:25
RSPCA Australia acknowledges that, in certain circumstances, it is necessary to manage populations of wild animals in order to reduce adverse impacts on human activities, health and wellbeing or the environment and also to protect the welfare of...

Where can I find information on best practice management of feral cats?

Mon, 2017-08-07 17:31
RSPCA Australia acknowledges that, in certain circumstances, it is necessary to manage populations of wild animals in order to reduce adverse impacts on human activities, health and wellbeing or the environment and also to protect the welfare of...

Why is colostrum feeding important for calves?

Tue, 2017-07-18 10:14
Colostrum is a fluid produced by the pregnant cow prior to giving birth to her calf in readiness for the calf at first suckling. Calves are born with little to no immunity and colostrum provides the calf with antibodies that protect it from...

How much milk should dairy calves be fed?

Tue, 2017-07-18 10:08
Common dairy industry practice is to feed unweaned calves around 10% of calf body weight in milk daily. However, this amount of milk is about half of what calves would typically drink (around 10 litres of milk over 8-12 feeds per day) in the first...

What is the illegal wildlife trade and why is it inhumane?

Mon, 2017-07-17 17:19
The illegal wildlife trade is a multi-billion dollar global industry estimated to involve billions of individual animals [1,2]. Wild animals are traded alive to be kept as pets or to be put on display or killed and their parts sold for consumption,...

How can you measure the humaneness of a pest control method?

Wed, 2017-07-12 17:23
In Australia, many different methods are used to control or kill animals classed as pests. These methods include chemicals and toxins for poisoning animals, biological control, physical methods such as traps to capture animals, shooting, and...

What should be done about common (Indian) myna birds?

Fri, 2017-07-07 14:52
The common myna (also called Indian myna) is an introduced bird species that is now well established in many cities and towns in Eastern Australia. There is concern that common mynas have a negative impact on native birds through competition for...

How do I contact the Minister for Agriculture to ask for improvements in animal welfare?

Fri, 2017-07-07 13:38
Most farm animal welfare issues are the responsibility of State and Territory governments. If you are concerned about the way animals are reared, transported or slaughtered for food or fibre and you would like to see a change in government...

What is the Australian legislation governing animal welfare?

Fri, 2017-07-07 13:33
There are no national laws applying to animal welfare, but all states and territories regulate animal welfare in their jurisdiction. The legislation in each state and territory is given below: State Animal Welfare Act ...

What is the RSPCA position on horse jumps races?

Fri, 2017-07-07 09:32
RSPCA Australia is opposed to jumps races (steeplechasing and hurdling) because of the high probability of a horse suffering serious injury or even death as a result of participating in these events. Despite, modifications being made, deaths have...

Why does the RSPCA Approved Farming Scheme allow for beak trimming of turkeys?

Wed, 2017-06-21 10:55
Beak trimming is a procedure that is used to avoid injuries from birds pecking each other, sometimes to death (cannibalism). In any housing system for turkeys, either indoor or outdoor, there is a risk of a cannibalism outbreak. These outbreaks can...

Why does the RSPCA Approved Farming Scheme allow for beak trimming of hens?

Wed, 2017-06-21 10:55
Beak trimming is a procedure that is used to avoid or minimise injuries from hens pecking each other, sometimes to death (cannibalism). In any housing system for layer hens, but especially in non-cage systems, there is a risk of a cannibalism...

Where can I buy RSPCA Approved chicken, eggs, pork and turkey?

Wed, 2017-06-21 10:54
RSPCA Approved chicken, eggs, pork and turkey products come from animals raised to higher welfare standards on RSPCA Approved farms around Australia. To find out where you can buy RSPCA Approved products in your local area, visit our RSPCA...

What are the welfare issues with tail biting and tail docking in pigs?

Wed, 2017-06-21 10:53
Tail biting and tail docking are major welfare concerns for pigs, particularly for those kept in barren intensive housing. Most piglets housed in these systems have their tails docked within days of birth to prevent tail biting later in life. ...

What are the RSPCA Approved Farming Scheme standards for turkeys?

Wed, 2017-06-21 10:52
The RSPCA Approved Farming Scheme Standards - Turkeys have been developed by RSPCA Australia to improve the welfare of turkeys on farm, during transport and at slaughter. The Standards cover various aspects of production including food and water,...

What are the RSPCA Approved Farming Scheme standards for pigs?

Wed, 2017-06-21 10:52
The RSPCA has developed standards for pig producers that ensure a high level of welfare for the farmed pigs. Pig producers can apply to participate in the RSPCA Approved Farming Scheme and participation is granted if the farming system meets the...

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