The KILL RATE within the RSPCA of animals not returned to owner is in most states 40% for dogs and 60% for cats, this is not acceptable from a charitable organisation who claim to be for all creatures great and small and whom receive millions in public donations to save animals. A good look through RSPCA annual reports (available to the public) shows these kill rates and the excessive amounts spent on non related animal expenses. Sites such as savingpets.com.au has some very informative breakdowns on RSPCA pound and shelter figures
The RSPCA are currently not answerable to anyone, they follow no written criteria (available to the public) with regards to upholding animal cruelty legislation and seizures of animals.
This needs to be changed and their procedures made available to the public and easily understandable. Where there is public interest in a case a statement should be issued within 48 hours of any such seizure by the RSPCA and updates provided regularly concerning the welfare of the animal(s).
There is currently no way to appeal any decision made by the RSPCA after seizure, their word is final, This needs to be changed and an appeal's process set in place.
No animal seized by the RSPCA should be euthanized without the due process of a second opinion from a veterinarian with specialised qualifications in that particular field. The animal(s) should be physically seen by the second veterinarian.
If it is decided by both veterinarians (one a specialist in that field of animals) that the animal(s) should be euthanized then the owner must be informed of that decision and have the right to appeal that decision before any action is taken by either the veterinarian or the RSPCA.
The owner of the animal must be kept informed at all times during the investigation concerning the welfare of their animal(s).
No animal should be euthanized if it has been offered a good home by either another responsible individual or a charitable organisation with a particular interest and knowledge in that field.
Every option must be explored to find that animal a good secure home.
There needs to be a HIGHER INDEPENDENT AUTHORITY that people can complain to regarding the actions of the RSPCA. One which has the power to question them and override their decisions.
All veterinarians involved in any cruelty cases brought by the RSPCA must also be accountable for their actions to the same individual higher body, the RSPCA should not be working under the same department that vets are registered with the way are in some states currently. This can be seen as a conflict of interest.
- Minister of Agriculture
Australian Government - Joe Ludwig
- The Greens
S Shellick (RSPCA)
Make the RSPCA accountable and answerable for their actions
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