Second Australian state to ban puppy and kitten farms

November 17, 2016 – Victoria will become the second state in Australia to pass legislation to stop puppy and kitten farms, and will introduce a central registry of domestic animal businesses. Australian Capital Territory (ACT) passed similar legislation in September 2015. last month, Victoria’s Government announced that a review of the amendments to the Domestic...
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Animal welfare, vet groups stunned by Scottish government surprise backtrack on animal welfare laws

October 6, 2016  – In a move that has left veterinary professionals and animal welfare experts and campaigners stunned, the Scottish government has announced it is reintroducing tail docking of dogs and allowing the sale and use of electric shock and other aversive collars for dog training. In an official statement entitled, ‘Protecting animal welfare’...
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Animal welfare emerges as key issue in Australia’s upcoming federal election

May 13, 2016 – Animal welfare is emerging as a key political priority in Australia’s upcoming July 2 federal election, and the RSPCA Australia is calling on all political parties to rectify the lack of leadership on animal welfare issues. In November 2013, Australia’s federal government abolished the Australian Animal Welfare Advisory Committee (AUSAWAC) which...
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Vets demand UK government act on animal welfare; publish election manifestos

April 9, 2016 – Ahead of next month’s national elections on 5 May the British Veterinary Association (BVA), and BVA’s Northern Ireland, Scottish and Welsh Branches, have launched three manifestos urging incoming parliamentarians to take action on animal health and welfare. BVA’s three manifestos were developed drawing on the expertise and experiences of BVA’s members...
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