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Petitioning RSPCA, RSPCA NSW, MAGISTRATE RODNEY BRENDER, World Animal Protection

Justice for Ruby & Benji. Left Starved & Without Water For Weeks & Died Painful Deaths.

Maximum penalties for Ms Atwell’s actions need to be enforced. We need the RSPCA to appeal the Magistrates decision and enforce the penalties to set an example and get the message out, that it is ILLEGAL let alone inhumane to starve & abuse animals. These dogs died locked up in a laundry in their own vomit, urines and faeces without ANY food or water for 3 Weeks. Ms Atwell is a murderer and her actions have struck the entire nation with utter disgust, shame and sadness.  “Kelpie puppy Ruby and two-year-old staffy cross Benji were found dead without food and water in a home in Albury near the Victorian border. Their owner, Kimberly Thi-My Atwell, was on Thursday fined $144, ordered to complete 80 hours of community service and banned from owning animals for five years by Magistrate Rodney Brender.  Both dogs were rated one out of nine for health and were deemed to have died from a combination of dehydration and starvation.” “She displayed no concern whatsoever and noted the dogs could easily be replaced”. These laws need to be taken seriously & maximum penalties applied to offenders, our leaders nationwide need to open their eyes up about Animal WELFARE.  In NSW, the offence of committing an aggravated act of cruelty upon an animal carries a maximum penalty of 200 penalty units (each unit is $110 so $22000)  and/or two years imprisonment for an individual. A charge under this section can be brought by the Police, or privately prosecuted by bodies such as the RSPCA or Animal Welfare League (AWL).In NSW, a court can impose any of the following penalties for a charge of aggravated cruelty to an animal. Home Detention, Prison Sentence Intensive Corrections Order (ICO),Suspended Sentence, Community Service Order (CSO), Community Corrections Orders (CCO), Good Behaviour Bond, Fines,Section 10A, Conditional Release Order (CRO).  News Report-https://www.prime7.com.au/news/4614-dogs-starved-to-death    

Rani Shankar
227,732 supporters
Petitioning RSPCA NSW

Stop the selling of animals @ Parklea Markets

After growing up near the Parklea Markets for a number of years, I've watched the pets/animal section begin to slowly lack the resources and key elements that a number of their animals need for their over all safety, health and well being more and more. There have been posts made in the past confronting/calling out the running of the section after people were witnessing kittens lying in their own waste, birds not having clean drinking water available as it was full with their faeces, and the dogs having poor living conditions over all. Today, On the 10th of February, 2017 - I visited the markets at around 4pm. At this time, the area temperature (Glenwood) according to the weather app on my phone was 44 degrees, however my car was recoding it at 46. Most of the stalls were already closed, with the rest packing up and cleaning. I detoured past the animal section on the way back to my car. The first thing I noticed was the amount of tweeting coming from towards the birds, making it sound as if they were distressed. As I progressed further, I noticed that both sides of the isles were tarped off. I tried to persuade myself that there was no way that they'd not only leave the animals in this heat, but also cover their cages with these thick tarps. I walked past a small hole in the tarp which allowed me to see in to one of the cages, I was heart broken to see the same 3 puppies that were there last week, all panting and resting on cold water bottles (I assume they were frozen but had melted). In disbelief, I pulled the tarp back so I could see into the cage next to this one, where my heart broke even more to see 6 puppies squished into another cage, also in this same predicament. The complex is made of corrugated iron/colourbond and doesn't have sufficent ventilation or fans, which is bad enough. However, the fact that their cages were covered with the tarps just ensured that they were receiving minimal air flow. Puppies are similar to human babies; and do not have the ability to control their own body temperatures, in which they were clearly suffering heat stroke symptoms (glazed eyes, excessive drooling and 2 of the puppies didn't seem stable on their legs at all). The worst part of this all is that placed on the tarp was a sign stating "Too hot to sell animals." However it isn't too hot to leave them locked in these cages? After making a post about this situation, I've had another girl come forward with an extremely similar situation to this and yet nothing has been done to stop it from occurring. It pains me that car windows can be broken to save animals, however we don't know how long these people have been mistreating animals and providing poor 'accomodation' and living standards while nothing has been done about it. Please sign this petition to spread the word and put a stop to it..  

Aimee O'Brien
48,185 supporters
Closed
Petitioning RSPCA NSW, RSPCA NSW, VIC, QLD., DPI , PIAA , NSW State Premier

Registry and Regulation and a standard Code of Practise in all Boarding Kennels.

Currently in NSW and around other Australian States Boarding Kennels are not being properly overseen. We ask for Animal Welfare agencies like the RSPCA to get more involved in the Kennels and undertake inspections of these Kennels regularly. Kennels in NSW at the moment only have to adhere to local Council DA guidelines. The NSW DPI ( Dept of Primary Industries) have a NSW Animal Welfare Code of Practice No 5 - Dogs and cats in animal boarding establishments, although it covers a lot this Code doesn't appear to be being followed by all establishments. Call now for a Standard Code of Practise to ensure a Standard level of care for animals in all Animal Boarding Kennels. A Registry also needs to be established to record any animal deaths in the Boarding Kennels across NSW and other Australian States. This Registry will allow for some peace of mind for animal owners and ensure accountability of the Kennels. RECENTLY THERE HAVE BEEN ** 6 PET DEATHS ** !! 1/ HANS the Rottweiler died - South Coast NSW area 22/12/162/ BARON the Greyhound died -Jane's Pet Resort Fullerton Cove 28/12/163/ BEAGLE died 28/12 - Jane's Pet Resort Fullerton Cove.4/ ANNIE the Bichon Frise died -Pelgate Kennels Cooranbong 28/12/165/ COSTA the Boxer died - Armidale area NSW on 2/1/176/ RUBY the Boxer died - QLD Kennel on 14/1/17 Baron the Greyhound and a Beagle died at a Fullerton Cove Boarding facility. Baron died from complications relating from possible Heatstroke?, his grieving owners are waiting on his Autopsy results. Baron's owners other dog Charlotte was also at this facility and she thankfully is recovering from her own ordeal. The Beagle's cause of death has not been formally reported as yet. Another little dog called Annie was killed at a Boarding Kennel at Cooranbong. Annie was mauled to death. Their owners are utterly devastated over their pets deaths.  ** BARON'S NEWS STORIES ** 1/ NBN News Video. http://www.nbnnews.com.au/2016/12/30/call-for-more-industry-scrutiny-after-death-of-dog-in-boarding-kennel/ 2/ Newcastle Herald http://www.theherald.com.au/story/4379842/your-dogs-dead-fury-over-death-at-kennel/ 3/ NBN News Video update 2/1/17 http://www.nbnnews.com.au/2017/01/02/second-boarding-kennel-dog-death-under-rspca-investigation/  4/ http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/kennel-baron-gay-couple-son-dog-dead/#gs.ImQUTZA 5/ Daily Mail http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4073128/Family-tells-moment-kennel-owner-told-dog-dead.html 6/ NBN NEWS Jan 20th 2017 http://www.nbnnews.com.au/2017/01/20/dog-death-sparks-forum/                         ______________________  ** ANNIE'S NEWS STORY ** 1/ Newcastle Herald Jan 3rd 2016 http://www.theherald.com.au/story/4384079/anger-at-three-kennel-tragedies/?cs=305  2/ Statewide calls for tighter controls of boarding kennels. http://www.lakesmail.com.au/story/4393109/put-on-a-shorter-lead/?cs=750 3/ Online haters add to dog owners' grief over boarding kennel death at Cooranbong http://www.lakesmail.com.au/story/4393439/online-haters-add-to-grief/?cs=755              ___________________________   COSTA the Boxer died in Armidale NSW on Jan 2nd 2016  HANS the Rottweiler died on Dec 22nd 2016 in a Kennel on the South Coast of NSW. RUBY the Boxer died - QLD Kennel on 14/1/1/7 FOR RUBY THE BOXERS FULL STORY see page please..https://www.facebook.com/boardingkennelcatteryreformaustralia/  

jayne cvetanoski
16,483 supporters
Petitioning Gabrielle Upton MP, RSPCA NSW

Stop the Violence & Killings of Our Last KANGAROOS

Now that the laws in NSW have changed regarding no permits needed to shoot Kangaroos, and due to the current drought, anyone can now kill, shoot, run over, inflict pain, shoot arrows at, trap and bludgeon to death our Kangaroos.  We want a full ban on all shootings/cullings of our Kangaroos in NSW. THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A CLEAR SHOT TO THE HEAD  and some shooters are now seeing what is happening and becoming Kangaroo defenders. These  Animlas  ARE AT RISK And ARE IN DANGER of EXTREME PAIN and SUFFERING  We are pushing them out from their habitat and we have not learn't how to co- habitat with the wildlife here. The violence has escalated towards the KANGAROOS in the last decade. When any animal is deemed a "pest" and where people are calling and regarding them as "plagues”, it opens up a flood gate of people with violent tendencies to do whatever they want. Consequently, the KANAGROOS are at risk of violence and are experiencing torture and horrendous deaths. There are stories circulating that anyone can go to a farmer’s property and carry out weekend shootings without any permits. This is a free for all for trophy hunters and it's a shooter’s paradise right now in NSW. Our KANGAROOS are at risk of dying out in some areas; they are NOT in plague proportions, there is no scientific evidence to back any claims that they are in the "40 millions" and there is actually no effective way of counting kangaroos.  KANGAROOS are disappearing in many areas. Many inexperienced shooters are taking out Alpha males, lactating females with joeys,  this has a huge effect on their mortality rates. Most of the remaining "ghost populations" have Myopathy. Ecologists are concerned that their gene pools are at risk, as right now they have too much stress to contend with. During drought they are unable to breed well because of the lack of nutrition. Some roos will also kick their joeys out to survive. Instead of killing them, why are we not saving them? Lets relocate them, bring them water/ food. What is happening right now is absolutely beyond cruel. It is barbaric! We only think our about our human needs on this land. How insensitive have we become. Australians have demonized the kangaroos for far too long. We have an international reputation as "rough tough hard bogans" and have the highest rates of wildlife habitat destruction worldwide. This is totally unacceptable. We only have one Sanctuary where you can walk amongst kangaroos and have them come up to you, that is Currumbin Sanctuary in QLD! Nothing in NSW. Let’s have more of these - this helps with employment, educates our people, and entertains our visitors.  Why are you - RSPCA NSW & The Minister of Environment Gabrielle Upton - not doing anything to stop the killings of these animals? Why are you not making any attempt or being a Voice for these animlas...We demand that you RSPCA; stand up to the NSW Government and oppose these laws. We want a full ban on the killing of any Kangaroo in NSW, we want them to be fully protected and have  it declared and known, that ALL KANGAROOS  are at risk. NONE OF THEM ARE A PLAGUE OR A PEST! Humans almost wiped out the Koala's. Early 1800's they too thought that there were too many koalas. Koalas now have so many diseases, when animals are constantly feeling under threat, their gene pools are at risk of change. THIS IS UNDER OUR WATCH 2018...Stop this madness now. And please save our KANGAROOS  

Kangaroos Not Plague Nor Pest
5,430 supporters
Petitioning NSW Police, NSW Stock Squad, Department of Primary Industries NSW, RSPCA NSW

Give John Williams of PIDGEE, Binnaway in NSW, back his livestock!

On the 25th of November, 2019, John Williams awoke to the NSW Stock Squad, NSW Police officers, RSPCA NSW officers and officers from the Department of Primary Industries on his doorstep to seize his 1200 head of cattle from his 5 properties near the township of Binnaway, in NSW. Monday was only the start of this daylight robbery with RSPCA expected to continue to seize the cattle all week. This is happening amidst one of the worst droughts rural Australia has ever seen, it is completely pathetic and in poor taste to take a farmers livelihood and happiness away from him. John Williams being a seasoned farmer could tell you easily at one point he knew his cattle were struggling with the drought, their property hasn’t seen decent rainfall in over 2 years. After John received a visit from the RSPCA he took a large gamble and purchased a lot of feed for his stock, adamant John could help them, he spent every day, alongside his friends and family feeding out multiple bails of hay and different grain to try and fatten his stock. John then received a second visit from the RSPCA officer who told him the cattle were improving and that it was great. John has purchased $50,000 worth of hay in the week of the 18th of November, alongside his hay he already had on his property as well as trucks full of grain. This lead to hope for the upcoming months, that maybe while he was feeding every day, it might rain and his crops would shoot. In the drought, many Australian farmers are struggling up against the larger offshore companies who own a large portion of Australian farmland. John has been criticized over his front paddocks being absolutely bare, although what people don’t understand, is that those crops are already sewn and waiting for rain like everyone else in the drought stricken rural NSW. This drought has made it difficult on all of Australia, although Rural NSW is under a lot of pressure. Whilst it is raining on the Central Coast and in Sydney NSW today on the 26th of November, 2019, there is a very large dust storm across the Warrumbungle area where John’s properties reside. John was also scorned for the 200 decaying cattle carcases across his properties, it is within understanding that cattle WILL DIE during a drought and this drought has been going on for over 2 years, there is minimal feed and water, it is hot and exhausting so unfortunately the older of the cows do die, normally John would burn the bodies, which is what he was going to do, expect thanks to the drought, there has been a TOTAL FIRE BAN or bad winds almost EVERYDAY. On the 25th when the authorities turned up on Johns Property PIDGEE, near Binnaway, they had told him they were seizing all of his 1200 head of cattle off of all of his 5 farms. During this seizure, the RSPCA officers and those who were loading the stock trucks did something extremely silly. During the load, John’s family came to the realisation, RSPCA had taken NEWBORN calves from their mothers and left them in a pen, whilst their mothers drove off in the back of a stock crate. RSPCA had told John’s daughter in-law that she could not touch or go near these calves, as they had been seized, thus meaning these newborn calves were left alone with no feed overnight and for half of the day. RSPCA officers also loaded weaner calves, HEAVILY pregnant cows and bulls all in the same truck with no dividers at all, due to the negligence of RSPCA, John is now expecting a large casualty rate and profit loss. Australia needs to stand up for our farmers, without them we wouldn’t have food on our tables. Is this any way to treat the people who feed us? To take their livelihood away from them? This seizure only happened because a nosey community member constantly reported John for neglect, due to a person disliking for John. Yes, some of the older cattle were struggling, the same way older humans do. Do we shoot them? No. If John doesn’t get his cattle back, he will lose his properties and they are his life. Please help John and sign this petition to stand up against this clear DAYLIGHT ROBBERY.

kali wilson
5,296 supporters
RSPCA NSW: Save these hens from Lakesland farm

Thank you everyone for your interest in this ongoing investigation. On 20 June 2018 we received footage of dead and dying hens at a barn egg farm. That footage can only be described as truly horrifying. RSPCA NSW Inspectors immediately commenced an investigation, and attended the farm that afternoon. We had received incomplete intel 10 days prior. During the initial complaint, we were not given an address, and we asked the informant to call back with further information, however that did not happen. With an incomplete complaint, and incorrect information that the police were handling the matter, RSPCA Inspectorate protocol was followed, which meant that RSPCA did not at that time intervene in a police matter. Between Wednesday 20 June and Friday 6 July 2018, RSPCA NSW attended the Lakesland property every day except for three. On four occasions, RSPCA attended with a Local Land Services District Veterinarian, on a further two occasions, with an expert avian veterinarian, and on another occasion with an industry consultant. Having found symptoms signs of potential notifiable diseases, samples were taken, and tests were conducted by both vets. Due to the potential of contagious notifiable diseases, biosecurity protocols were instilled. In accordance with Inspectorate policy, legally binding 24N Written Directions were issued to the owner of the hens to comply with improving welfare standards within a short period of time. On the same day, a number of birds were seized under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act and remain central to the animal cruelty investigation. The hens had sufficient food and water every day while inspectors were on site, and welfare conditions were improving. We attempted to negotiate with the owner of the hens to release some hens to rescue groups, but following an alleged trespass event where activists were allegedly violent and attempted to steal hens, he refused to cooperate with any rescue groups. Both the Local Land Services veterinarian, and the avian expert veterinarian on separate occasions collected and sent samples for testing. Results were received from both indicating that the flock was positive for Infectious Laryngotracheitis (ILT) - a highly contagious, respiratory disease caused by a herpesvirus. ILT does not pose a risk to human health, however it has a mortality rate of up to 70% in poultry. ILT has a rapid spread, and symptoms were present in the vast majority of the flock. There is no cure for infected birds and they will be carriers of the disease for life. Consent was given by the producer to the Local Land Services (LLS) for the euthanasia of the flock, for biosecurity considerations, to protect other flocks and industry. This was carried out by a private contractor on behalf of the LLS. LLS is a NSW Government agency. As LLS were the ones to handle this matter, they are the best agency to contact if you have further questions. However, we can confirm that RSPCA inspectors were on the property to ensure the hens were euthanised humanely. The owner of the hens remains under investigation by RSPCA NSW for multiple alleged serious animal cruelty offences. Evidence continues to be compiled with a view to consideration of prosecution. While we understand it can be frustrating, it takes time for a robust animal cruelty case to be built and veterinary and other evidence must be compiled. The RSPCA does not have the power to simply shut an agricultural enterprise down. In serious animal cruelty prosecutions the RSPCA does seek prohibition orders to stop people convicted of these offences from owning animals again, and in many cases the court makes the orders sought. Penalties for animal cruelty can be up to $22,000 and 5 years in jail, or for a corporation, $110,000. There is currently a review of the animal welfare legislation in NSW underway. If you support increased maximum penalties for animal abusers, increased powers for the RSPCA and tougher laws, have your say to the Department of Primary Industries before the public consultation period closes at 5pm Sunday 22 July 2018: https://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/animals-and-livestock/animal-welfare/improving/improving-the-current-legislation-penalties-and-critical-situations

1 year ago
TELL THE RSPCA NSW THAT THIS IS CRUEL

RSPCA NSW prosecuted Mr Richard McCudden in 2016, resulting in a criminal conviction, positive welfare outcomes and court-imposed limitations on the number of cats he was allowed to keep. The matter was finalised in Cowra Local Court on 15 December 2016. The magistrate found Mr McCudden guilty under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act and he was sentenced. Despite the RSPCA seeking a total prohibition order and custody of the cats it had seized, the magistrate merely limited Mr McCudden from owning more than 33 cats. His sentence also involved strict veterinary conditions, a Good Behaviour Bond and more than $180,000 in costs. There is currently a "severity appeal" so there is a stay on the limitation of the number of cats Mr McCudden is able to own, imposed by Cowra Local Court and it is not presently enforceable by RSPCA NSW until the appeal is finalised in court. RSPCA NSW inspectors monitor the remaining cats regularly to ensure their welfare. Despite the appeal and stay on restrictions, our very recent inspection revealed there are only three cats in total on the property – all in good health, with permanent structures in the enclosure allowing constant access to water and shelter, and constant access to food. Whilst we understand Mr McCudden’s neighbour, Mr Keith Climpson, is upset at and frustrated by the Court’s decision, RSPCA NSW has fulfilled its obligations in putting the matter and all admissible information before the Court. We are also fulfilling our ongoing welfare obligations by closely monitoring any remaining cats on the property. At this point in time there is a complete absence of welfare breeches at the property. There have been no welfare breeches at this property for a very long time, despite regular inspections by RSPCA NSW inspectors, and despite claims to the contrary by Mr Climpson. We have attempted to have rational conversations with Mr Climpson on the facts of this situation, with little to no success. We don’t propose to continue to engage in a debate with him about events which have been overtaken by RSPCA NSW enforcement action and the subsequent court process. RSPCA NSW takes reports of animal cruelty very seriously and investigates accordingly. Where evidence allows, RSPCA NSW prosecutes cases of animal cruelty through the court systems, such as the case of Mr McCudden.

2 years ago
TELL THE RSPCA NSW THAT THIS IS CRUEL

RSPCA NSW has been aware of Keith Climpson’s change.org petition “Tell the RSPCA NSW that this is Cruel” for some time. We know the conditions at “Camp Kitty” were cruel, and that’s exactly why we prosecuted Mr Richard McCudden in 2016, resulting in a criminal conviction, positive welfare outcomes and court-imposed limitations on the number of cats he was allowed to keep. The photographs and correspondence on Keith Climpson’s change.org petition are 18 months – 2 years old, and pre-date the lengthy and costly court process the RSPCA undertook. The matter was finalised in Cowra Local Court on 15 December 2016. The magistrate found Mr McCudden guilty under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act and he was sentenced. Despite the RSPCA seeking a total prohibition order and custody of the cats it had seized, the magistrate merely limited Mr. McCudden from owning more than 33 cats. His sentence also involved strict veterinary conditions, a Good Behaviour Bond and more than $180,000 in costs. RSPCA inspectors monitor the remaining cats regularly. Our very recent inspection revealed there are only four cats in total on the property – all in good health, with permanent structures in the enclosure allowing constant access to water and shelter, and constant access to food with a full time caretaker living on the property. As detailed above, the photographs on the change.org petition are outdated and in no way resemble the current welfare status on the property. Whilst we understand Mr Climpson is upset at and frustrated by the Court’s decision, RSPCA NSW has fulfilled its obligations in putting the matter and all admissible information before the Court. We are also fulfilling our ongoing welfare obligations by closely monitoring any remaining cats on the property. We have attempted to have rational conversations with Mr Climpson on the facts of this situation, with little to no success. We don’t propose to continue to engage in a debate with him about events of long ago which have been overtaken by RSPCA NSW enforcement action and the subsequent court process. RSPCA NSW takes reports of animal cruelty very seriously and investigates accordingly. Where evidence allows, RSPCA NSW prosecutes cases of animal cruelty through the court systems, such as the case of Mr McCudden.

3 years ago
Stop the selling of animals @ Parklea Markets

RSPCA NSW have received formal reports through our cruelty hotline about the welfare of pets in a pet shop at Parklea Markets in Sydney. We take all complaints of animal cruelty very seriously and have sent out inspectors to investigate. Our inspector attended on Saturday 11 February, and found that all the puppies and kittens had been removed and the shop owner had taken them home the afternoon before. None of the shops at Parklea Markets had any puppies or kittens on this day. They had all been removed due to the heat. The conditions at this home address also are part of the ongoing investigation. However - due to evidence supplied in formal reports through our cruelty hotline, this incident is currently under investigation in relation to breaches to the Department of Primary Industries’ Code of Practice relating to pet shops that may have occurred on the Friday: http://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0019/244018/Animal-welfare-code-of-practice-animals-in-pet-shops.pdf The Code specifies that a pet shop can only operate when the temperature inside the cages is between 15 and 30 degrees Celsius. Our inspector measured the temperature inside the shop on Saturday at 39 degrees Celsius.  As well as an ongoing investigation, our inspectorate will continue to closely monitor the pet vendors at this location, especially in relation to temperature violations as the Sydney heatwave continues. The vendors have been given strict instructions to leave the animals at home in the cool and not bring them into the shop until the weather is under 30 degrees Celsius, and this will be closely monitored. We are continuing to investigate this incident. While penalties of breaching the Code of Practice include imposition of fines, if an animal suffers and offences under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act can be proven, penalties can include jail time.  We understand this change.org petition is requesting we “stop the selling of animals at Parklea Markets”. The only way pet shop vendors can be shut down is by decision of a magistrate through a court-ordered prohibition order after a successful prosecution.  Markets like this, even when run “well", are no place for the sale of animals. RSPCA NSW’s position paper on pet shops outlines much stricter regulations around pet shops that we are actively advocating for. You can read the full paper here: http://kb.rspca.org.au/afile/222/56/  This is just yet another reason why you should adopt, not shop.  There are several pet shops in the vicinity of Parklea Markets. One particular vendor who has no breaches of the Code, and has always cooperated with us, has been mis-identified by online justice-seekers and has received death threats and physical abuse. Even with the best of intentions, this is never, ever acceptable.  We understand that pets are part of our families, and they evoke a very emotional response, but please let the authorities do their job. The best thing you can do to stop animal cruelty is to make a formal confidential report on 1300 CRUELTY (1300 278 3589) so we can investigate, or call the police. 

3 years ago