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PM warned: Animal welfare standards non - negotiable
The RSPCA is urging Prime Minister Tony Abbott not to use animal welfare as a bargaining chip in his discussions with the Indonesian government next week.

Read about the RSPCA message for Tony Abbott here...

Pearl of Para narrowly escapes another disaster at sea
The RSPCA is calling on the new Government to commit to strengthening the live export regulatory system and expand meat export markets after more than five thousand Australian cattle on board the Israel-bound Pearl of Para were turned around at sea because of mechanical difficulties.

Read about the live export disaster here...

RSPCA says new abattoirs in the north a win-win
The RSPCA has welcomed the development of an abattoir on Yeeda station between Broome and Derby. This follows last week's confirmation by the Australian Agricultural Company that it will proceed with the construction of an abattoir near Darwin.

Read more about the development of an abattoir on Yeeda station here...

Good News For Kangaroos!
The Russian Government has suspended kangaroo meat imports, offering a reprieve for Australia's most iconic species.

Read more about the Australian kangaroo meat trade here...

Announcement of Inspector-General of Animal Welfare and Live Animal Exports
Thousands of people, including you, have called for more accountable and transparent animal welfare standards, and we have won.

Read the announcement here...

Can my pet come in too?
SEEKING STUDY PARTICIPANTS: Have you ever had to evacuate from a disaster event with a pet?

Read how you can participate here...

Calm Sheep Come When Called
Yass wool grower John Powell has harnessed the power of his children's pet lambs to teach 700 superfine Merino wethers to come to his call.

Read how his practices have now been noted by the Australian Animal Welfare Strategy to identify and promote new management practices for improving farm animal welfare.

RSPCA STATEMENT: Time for a change to the way we export beef from Australia
The RSPCA has made a strong statement regarding the failure of LIVE EXPORT of cattle, sheep and other farm animals.

They are proposing that Australia move to selling meat not live animals. Read their ideas...

RSPCA renews call for CCTV to be installed in all abattoirs
Following last night's ABC Lateline investigation into horrific acts of animal cruelty at a NSW abattoir the RSPCA is once again calling for CCTV to be installed in all abattoirs.

Read how important is CCTV in abattoirs in related to animal welfare

Fireworks Frighten Furries
Every year thousands of animals suffer from the noise of fireworks. The Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) is reminding pet owners to follow some simple guidelines over the festive season to ensure their pets don't suffer.

A message from the Australian Veterinary Association about the impact of fireworks on pets and horses. Many pets suffer injury or get lost when fireworks are around but this can be avoided. Read more about pets and the danger of fireworks...

How to Pick the Perfect Pet Sitter
Pet sitters offer a valuable service, especially for pet owners who do not want to put their beloved animals into a kennel or cattery. But choosing a sitter can seem like quite a complicated choice: how do you decide on the person you are going to entrust with your pet's wellbeing? This guide covers a few of the essentials in helping you find the right person for your pet sitting assignment.

Read how to pick the perfect Pet Sitter here

'Free range' - has anyone asked the hen??
The RSPCA says the recent debate on the stocking density of hens in free-range systems is confusing consumers and seriously jeopardising efforts to improve the welfare of hens.

Read about the free range hen welfare here

Teachers come together to improve animal welfare
A new education program is improving the understanding and adoption of superior animal welfare practices by both students and teachers alike.

Read about Australian Animal Welfare Strategy here

What makes a good farmer?
Posing the question 'What makes a good farmer?' RSPCA Australia's Scientific Officer, Melina Tensen will be beefing up Beef Australia 2012 in Rockhampton today, as she presents on community expectations and future trends in animal welfare for beef cattle production.

Read about beef cattle guidelines here

Grain Checks Equal Grain Cheques!
Grain farmers around Australia are feeling some frustration with fluctuating grain prices following a mostly above average harvest season.

Read about how to improve the quality of the grain here.

Pet Rescue taking place around Australia around the clock
Pet and other animals are being rescued 24 hours a day all around Australia as the pet loving Australian community members spread news of the plight of abandoned pets including dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, guinea pigs, fancy rats and mice, ferrets, horses and farmyard pets like goats, sheep, cattle, alpaca, llama and other animals that have been dumped or whose owners can't for some reason keep them anymore.

. Adopt a pet yourself or just read how others are involved in pet rescue

Sick Pigeon Scare in Melbourne
Within the last 24 hours news has broken and the DPI has made a public statement about a very rare avian virus which has effected pigeons in Melbourne and is also zoonotic meaning it can make people sick.

Read how this pigeon virus first identified in a hobbyist pigeon loft and how to prevent its spread.…

Pet News Around Australia
The week at a glance: a roundup of everything that has happened in the Australian Pet & Horse Scene for this week.

Read short pet snippets from papers around Australia this week…

As part of the ongoing battle by animal rights groups RSPCA Australia CEO Heather Neil today described as bitterly disappointing, yesterday's Senate Committee hearing into the live export trade.

Read more about the announcement here

More Cruelty Charges Laid Against Westpork
After a follow up investigation, more animal cruelty charges have been laid against one of Australia's largest pork producers.

Read more about the charges here

Animal Justice Party formally registered
The Australian Electoral Commission has formally registered a political party concerned with animal issues.

Read about the Animal Justice Party

Warning for dog owners - Camel best for riding not eating!
Some camel meat has been found to contain toxins that cause liver disease in dogs.

Read about dogs dying from eating camel meat
Hormone free chicken a 'dodgy' selling point
An advertising campaign promoting hormone free chicken has been labelled 'dodgy' by consumer groups.

Read how quick growth effects chickens and people
Success in The Fight to Contain Bird Flu
Scientists have been able to genetically modify chickens so that they are unable to spread bird flu.

Read about the developments in the research on genetically modified chickens and bird flu.
Flood Spreads Parvovirus in Queensland
Cases of pavovirus have drastically increased following recent floods in Ipswich.

Read more about the outbreak of parvovirus
Australian Thieves Ride on the Back of the Sheep!
A Taiwanese student has been sentenced to 15 months in gaol for importing live shrimp into Australia.

Read more about the New South Wales sheep theft increase
Queensland Flood Relief for Pets & Wildlife
The Animal Welfare League QLD started sending pet food and cleaning supplies to the Lockyer Valley and will also be sending more supplies, including food for displaced wildlife, as of next week.

Read about what they are doing for animals and the exact items they need donated...
West Australian free-range chicken producer Mt Barker has become Australia's first chicken farm to join the RSPCA's Approved farming Scheme.

Read more about full events here...
Commuters dreams of fairy tale farms shattered!
Reality hits train and bus travellers across Australia today as Animals Australia launch the first national public awareness campaign.

Read more about how factory farmed animals conditions can be seen on buses, trams, and in railway stations...
Are you guilty of harbouring a WMP?
Have your dog or cat been desexed?

Read the message from the Animal Welfare League here...
Good News For Rabbits and Humans
An end to animal testing chemicals for skin irritation is nigh!

Read about this wonderful initiative by the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) where human 'skin' will be 'grown' in test tubes for use in testing skin reactions to chemicals instead of innocent little rabbits...
Farming Puppies for Profit
DOGS Victoria supports the RSPCA in a campaign to stop dogs being used by uncaring people operating puppy farms in Victoria.

Read more about DOGS Victoria actively pursuing the closure of puppy farms…
RSPCA commends Coles for snubbing sow stalls
Today's announcement by supermarket giant Coles that from 2014 they will no longer stock pork produced on farms where sows are confined to sow stalls is a huge leap forward for the humane food movement in Australia.

Read about the humane announcement by supermarket giant Coles…
Australian Wool Export Industry at RISK! Wool Buyer to Stop Buying Australian Wool From Cruelly Treated Lambs
John Lewis Partnership, one of Britain's largest retail companies, has taken a stand against "mulesing", a common mutilation used in Australian wool production, following a long-running campaign by PETA US to phase out this practice.

Read how Australia's wool still comes from lambs who have undergone the cruel practice of mulesing…
The RSPCA today applauded the Tasmanian Government's decision to phase out the use of dry sow stalls from 2014 - the first state in Australia to do so.

Read more about the Tasmanian Government's decision for the future of Australian pig farming…
Students raise money for VIC Police Dog Squad
Parkville University High School students organised an icy pole stand and raised $275 for the Victorian Police Dog Squad...

To read more about the students raising money for the VIC Police Dog Squad click here...
Little Lost Imogen Saved by Jack Russel Terrier Sam
The fireman on the community rescue team stopped his truck and called and the brave little Jack Russel Terrier, Sam came out from the dark, cold bush with little three-year-old Imogen who was holding onto a big gum tree...

To read more about this adventurous little girl and her faithful dog click here...
Pet Industry Association announces Roger Perkins as new CEO
The President of the Pet Industry Association of Australia ("PIAA"), Steve Austin, announced today that the Board has appointed Roger Perkins as Chief Executive of the PIAA.

Find out more about the newly appointed CEO of PIAA...
CHOICE Recommends RSPCA Approved Products?
The RSPCA Paw of Approval has received a big thumbs up from consumer watchdog Choice, as part of their review of food labelling schemes.

Read why CHOICE approves of the RSPCA's Approved Farming scheme
Lawyers for Animals?
Swiss newspapers have been buzzing with the special vote held on Sunday 7 2010 to introduce state funded legal representation for abused animals. The vote was defeated by 70% of Swiss voters in the controversial referendum.

Read why Switzerland takes animal welfare so seriously
Farmers Barred From Cutting Cows' Tails
Dairy farmers are barred from cutting cows' tails in California from Jan 2010 onwards.

Read more on the decision made about the cows' tail here...
Tammy the Rare Tamworth Pig is a Mum!
Tammy is one of very few Tamworth pigs in Australia today. On the 27th Nov 2009, Tammy the performing, princess Tamworth pig gave birth to 7 little Tamworths.

Read more about the birth and see cute and rare photos of Tammy and her piglets
Australians say no to live export as the Festival of Sacrifice commences in the Middle East
The largest single petition ever lodged with the Rudd Government's Petitions Committee includes the signatures of over 34,000 Australians opposed to live animal exports to the Middle East.

Read about Australian community outrage over the Muslim slaughter of Australian animals exported live to the Middle East
Pet Industry Trends
The Pet Industry has come up tops in recent statistics with it boosting up the CPI of the recreation industry which had fallen in the last quarter.

Read statistics on the recent 2009 growth in the pet industry.
Sydney's most popular family Expo is on again full of great attractions and non-stop entertainment to delight Expo visitors. This year's Expo promises to be the biggest and best ever with over 150 exhibitors taking part and a huge variety of pets and animals to see. It's a great fun day out that's sure to please every member of the family.

Find out more about Sydney Pet and Animal Expo here
The Glamorous World of The Australian Pet Trade
View photos of pet product stands, extraordinary dogs, new pet products, interesting pet traders and glamorous people at the trade only Pet Expo.

Get a glimpse into the little known world of the pet industry.
News Flash! The 2009 Pet Trade Expo beings Monday 19th Oct!
The 2009 Australian Pet Industry Association Pet Expo is to be held at the Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre 19th - 21st Oct. This is Australia's largest & only trade exhibition of pet and aquaria products & accessories.

Find out everything about the Pet Expo including timetable of events and talks, trade show etc here...
RSPCA NSW taking a radical, new approach to rehoming!
RSPCA NSW's latest appeal hit households this week and focused on the upcoming RSPCA Care Centre - an adoption centre and outpatient vet clinic that will be opened in Rouse Hill by the end of this year.

Find out about the new approach from RSPCA!
Ending Live Sheep Exports would Create Jobs
A new report released today by economists ACIL Tasman, has revealed that ending live sheep exports would benefit the economy and create Australian jobs.

Find out about the impact of Endling Live Sheep Exports with current Australian economic condition!
The inaugural Toowoomba Pet and Animal Expo is a fantastic opportunity for the Pet Industry and local retailers to generate additional sales, promote products and services, and create brand awareness.

Find out about the new pet and animal expo!
'Proud Pet Parents' get to show the world they love their pets, while supporting animals in need.

Find out how to make a difference with your pet's photo!
Racing Board Decision Puts Horses First
The RSPCA has congratulated the Australian Racing Board for standing firm on the new whip rules and not giving in to a vocal minority.

Read the update for the good news...
RSPCA Urges Racing Board to Hold Firm in Whips
The RSPCA says any easing of the new whip rules would be a major step backwards for animal welfare and the Australian racing industry.

Read more about the RSPCA's position on the use of whips in horse races...
Should breeders be inbreeding or line breeding?
Pedigree Dogs Exposed: RSPCA calls for change. Pedigree dog breeders in Australia have a tremendous opportunity to lead by example and fundamentally change the way dogs are bred in this country.

Read about RSPCA calling for an end to inbreeding of purebred dogs...
Swine flu confirmed at a Queensland piggery
Test results on samples taken from a Queensland piggery near Dalby are positive for Influenza A H1N1. Biosecurity Queensland Chief Veterinary Officer Dr Ron Glanville said it was now confirmed that the piggery near Dalby had positive results for the human pandemic (H1N1) 2009 influenza strain.

Read more about the progress of events on the infected piggery...
There is a lot of discussion currently about what we eat and how we process food as well as the farming practices of both crop and animal produce and how they impact on the environment.

Read about a special event being held in Sunnybank Queensland on this Sunday 30 Aug 2009.
Show results from Adelaide Royal Show Animal Events
Some of you in the animal community may know some of the winners of the prestigious awards at the Adelaide Royal Show.

Click here to see more...
Dog Massage Course by National College of Traditional Medicine
This course has been designed for all those with a love of dogs and an interest in improving their health and wellbeing with the gentle but powerful therapy of massage.

Find out more about the courses and how you can enroll!
More than 36,000 Australian farm animals died last year while being transported overseas for slaughter. They died from starvation, salmonellosis, heat stress, injury, or pneumonia.

The live export industry's annual Shipboard Performance Report, released this week, publishes the mortality statistics from the live export journeys of sheep, cattle and goats. ...

Read and consider if mortality rates are a true indicator of animal welfare for live exports.
More than $1/4 million raised to help dog owners affected by the bushfires
The International Virtual Dog Show was the fundraising effort DOGS Victoria used to kick off its bushfire appeal fund in Feb this year. We ended up receiving 8,796 entries in just one month. At $10 per dog, this raised $87,960 toward the total that would eventually surpass $326,000. These funds are being used to help dog owners care for their dogs as they rebuild or relocate...

Click to read more about helping the dog owners affected by the bushfires...
"Flying piglet" stunt backfires.
A stunt by Gold Coast radio station Gold FM has outraged animal lovers and RSPCA Qld has been inundated with complaints about the incident.

Click to read more about the flying pig stunt that received complaints...
The Federal Government will invest 11 cents for every animal exported overseas for slaughter in a dismal attempt to address the massive welfare problems ailing animals in the industry. 

Read more about Budget Fails Animals and Export Jobs
US Breeder Sentenced to 90 Days in Jail for Animal Cruelty
A big breakthrough for animal welfare is being heralded by the pet industry in the USA as an end to an ongoing problem breeder known to perform her own surgery on the dogs she housed without a veterinary degree. 

Read how this renegade breeder came to justice
Renting a home using a Pet Resume!
Whether you are a wildlife carer or a dog owner or one of the other millions of Australians that own a pet, a Pet Resume just might get you out of trouble and keep your pet out of the pound! Renting with a pet can be a real headache. It is already hard enough to find a suitable rental home but add one or more pets to the mix and you have pretty much quadrupled your problems. 

Read how you can better prepare to get the pick of rental homes that will accept your pet by following a set formula for success and by the use of a Pet Rental Resume for your furry, feathery or scaly friend.
Green Pig Farming
Some pig farmers both in Australia and the USA are finding ways to farm greener which can assist with stopping the effectiveness of human antibiotics by creating a better living environment for their pigs and thus eliminating systematic dosing of antibiotics that can be passed on to humans through meat and reduce their effectiveness in our systems. Here is the story of how one US and one Australian pig farmer are using green farming to improve the lives of their pigs, and the quality of their produce while helping the environment.

Read more about Green Pig Farming
Follow the link to journey on "The Great Eggscape", an Easter adventure!
Check out this animated cartoon.

Find out more about "The Great Eggscape"
"If you go out in the woods today..." beware of the deer shooters
Deer in NSW Australia were the focus of gun toting shooters on Saturday after a government funded media campaign attracted thousands of people out to shoot deer in the State forest. This coincides with the opening of the duck shooting season in the South Australian wetlands which due to public opposition has been shortened to two months.

Read more about deer shooters...
Will some lucky pets get the $900 Government handout?
Joe Hockey as opposition treasury spokesperson has accused the Government of including pets in the $900 cash handout for tax payers! According to statistics, hundreds of dog and cat owners leave some or all of their money to their beloved pets in their will.

Read more whether lucky pets will get $900 from Government
The Pig Day Out
The world looses 3 breeds of domestic livestock every month to extinction... Come See... Come Hear... Come Touch... Come Taste... Saturday 7th Mar - 53 Helidon Dip Road Helidon.

Read more about DOGS Victoria response to the bushfires
Victorian Bush Fire Appeals and Assistance for Dogs and other Pets
The Pet Directory extends its sympathy to the victims of the bushfires. This is a tragic time for the nation and many of us would like to assist with donations of money or goods. Here are a list of funds that have been set up for people and for dogs, cats and other pets left homeless by the fires.

Read more about the Victorian Bush Fire Appeals and Assistance for Dogs and other Pets...
Tails of the City
Notice to members! As a member of The Pet Directory Network we are excited about a current pet exhibition and would like you to help us spread the word by telling others that love animals and have an interest in pet ownership. Print this news page and present to receive a free copy of The Pet Directory valued at $25!

Read about the "Tails of the City" exhibition at the Museum of Sydney...
2009 RSPCA Australia Scientific Seminar
The RSPCA Australia Scientific Seminar 2009 will broadly examine the interaction between animals and human health from the perspectives of both human health impacts and animal welfare.

The RSPCA's growing list of Choose Wisely restaurants is increasing demand for barn-laid and free-range eggs, with 435,456 eggs every year no longer being sourced from caged hens.

Pet Shops benefitting from economic downturn this Christmas
Customers are focussing on the essentials like food but also buying collars, toys etc. but not going for the Christmas gimmicks such as pet Christmas stockings for under the tree...

You are invited to the Vets Beyond Borders AGM
You are cordially invited to attend the Vets Beyond Borders Annual General Meeting. We will be offering afternoon tea and a chance to meet some of the VBB team, board members and volunteers. Come along and hear first hand what VBB has been doing and will do in the future.

The RSPCA today reiterated that it expects Australian wool producers to phase out mulesing by 2010. RSPCA Australia CEO, Heather Neil, said the industry had made significant progress in developing more humane alternatives to reducing the risks of flystrike...

Very interesting news from the RSPCA in the ACT: Santa Paws and how he can help homeless animals || Judge giving tough sentence for cruelty to pet ferrets || Pets' Party at the shelter: learn to teach your dog tricks || Sponsor a kennel or cat house with your name on it in gold!

Santa Paws is Coming!
You and your pet can have your photograph taken with Santa for this coming Christmas! Find the dates or email RSPCA for more details.

The 12th China International Pet Show
CIPS---the largest pet trade show in Asia! The grand gathering of world pet professionals is coming! Free registration as a visitor now on! ...

New Animal Cruelty Laws for SA
Next month will see the introduction of very tough penalties for animal cruelty with fines of up to $20,000 or two years jail....

The RSPCA today said it was time for animal welfare groups to be less compromising and to encourage more people to make their voice heard if animal welfare is going to improve in Australia...

Laidley Conference 4th / 5th Oct 2008 **Agricultural Shows - Today and Beyond**
QCAS Conference to be held in Laidley. All interested parties are welcome to attend. It is always a great weekend and lots of information is available....

Australian World Animal Day Ambassador Announced
Recently the Australian Ambassador was announced as Pam Ahern, the founder of Edgar's Mission Farm Sanctuary in Willowmavin, via Kilmore, Victoria...

PIAA, The Pet Industry Association of Australia - NEW CONSTITUTION AND NEW BOARD
More members voted than in the history of PIAA on the motion "that the Constitution of the Company be repealed and replaced in its entirety". The new constitution was accepted by a majority vote of members with 93% in favour of the major overhaul of the PIAA constitution.

Visit the PIAA website
This Wednesday Jamie Oliver will empower Australian consumers with the knowledge to help them make informed decisions that will improve the lives of millions of layer and meat chickens across the country...

After a long battle with depression, Queensland rare chicken breeder Mark Tully is now on a mission to protect the endangered chickens to which he owes his life.
He begins an epic "chicken chase" fuelled by a determination to find "lost" breeds of poultry before they are gone forever. His search covers almost 10,000 kilometres and five Australian states as he tracks down rare heritage breeds and meets others who share his passion.

Animals in the News
Click to read interesting animal news stories making headlines. Topics: * Track your lost dog by phone! *Robot pet hair vacuum *Love a Lovebird? *New Aussie Shark found *Muddy Goat Disease in North Queensland

Animal Welfare must factor in Australia's Farming Future
Australian farmers have a prime opportunity to take advantage of the growing demand for animal welfare friendly products and governments at all levels must help facilitate change, RSPCA Australia said today.

Animals in the News March 2008
Click to see our collection of interesting animal stories that have made headlines this past week. Topics covered: *Chihuahua dog falls from sky *Cancer survivor seeks repeat win in world's longest sled dog races *Kitten dumping has reached record levels in Australia *Python Eats Australian family dog in Kuranda *Body Part by Body Part Sumatran Tigers are being sold into extinction *Cat DNA leads back to Ancient times and forward to over 200 genetic disorders *New undescribed species of parasite that infects aquarium fish

Animals in The News
Click to see our collection of interesting animal stories that have made headlines this past week. Topics covered: *Baby Polar Bear Orphan *Smuggled Reptiles *$10,000 Dog Found Close to Death in Stolen Car *Tiger Kills Tormentor *Plastic Bag Ban in Australia a Dilemma for Dog Walking Owners *Bird flu Breakouts with No Explanation Transmitted to Infect People *RSPCA Rescues Horses - 31 found Dead and Decomposing - 111 in Serious Condition *Serious Ecological Threat Posed by Millions of Imported Aquarium Fish into Australia - Report by University of Sydney Professor, Richard Whittington *NSW Premier's Reading Challenge 2008 - Recommended Books include How to Care for Your Pet Rabbit and Other Animal Related Titles

The ASAVA calls for a review of pet food labelling laws
Are you aware of what you're putting into your pet's food bowl? Most of us have no idea what goes into pet food and we don't question the safety of pet food until a visit to the vet with a sick pet.

Sponsor an Animals Australia Investigator!
Animals Australia calls for donations to fund more investigations into animal abuse in the Middle East. Working on the front-line fighting animal abuse isn't for everyone but people can help by sending donations.

Shear Magic - The John Allan Story
John Allan is one of the pioneers of the Australian Wool Industry and his shearing exploits are legendary.

National Day of Action to End Live Animal Export
On Saturday 10th Nov a National Day of Action against live animal export will be held across Australia.

Dosing cows with drugs causing antibiotic resistance - Doctors in Britain struggling to treat people...
Giving unnecessary antibiotics to animals to artificially fend off illness might be giving rise to drug resistant bacteria which may have bad consequences for humans that eat these animals.

Rat Chariots and Artificial Dog's legs!
Animal wheelchair inventor nominated for major award for mini-chariots for rats to artificial limbs for dogs!

Parliamentary Bill Proposed to Stop Sale of Pets in NSW Pet Shops
Read the Media Release from the Pet Industry Association of Australia about the proposed Bill and implications for animal welfare and for the pet industry.

Best presentation of trade stands at the PIAA Pet Trade Expo - Melbourne, 5th and 6th Oct.
Congratulations to the winners for best presentation of their trade stands at the recent PIAA Pet Trade Expo held in Melbourne, 5th and 6th Oct.

Gympie Poultry Club Show
Gympie Poultry Club Inc. recently held their annual show on the 8th Jul 2007.

Guide to improve practices in cattle husbandry
RSPCA Australia has today welcomed the release by Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) of ' A guide to best practice husbandry in beef cattle - branding, castrating and dehorning ' and has encouraged producers to embrace the standards.

Poodles that go Baaa...
Japanese pet buyers were recently caught up in an incredible scam in which the dogs they purchased from Australia and Britain turned out to be lambs.

Anthrax Outbreak
An outbreak of Anthrax in Victoria's north has spread to a farm outside an established containment area the Department of Primary Industries (DPI) announced last week.

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