Protect animals from needless suffering by the RSPCA
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Imagine one morning you find your beloved horse has broken his leg overnight. The leg is badly swollen, the horse has difficulty to walk, and he is clearly in a lot of pain. Imagine you decided not to have the horse humanely euthanized but chose to wait for a week and then put the horse on a horse float to transport it several hours away, while the horse tries to balance on the broken leg.
You’d expect to be charged with cruelty to the horse by the RSPCA, wouldn’t you? But what if it was the RSPCA themselves who did this?
Who would charge them with cruelty? This is the body which is officially supposed to be looking after the welfare of animals. Should the RSPCA be above the law? Or should the individuals responsible for planning this abominable treatment of an injured horse be severely reprimanded or even charged by the police? Surely, these people should be charged with conspiring to commit animal cruelty.
In March 2018, Western Australian farmer and horse breeder Marjorie (Marji) Armstrong found one of her horses – a young stallion with exciting genetics that she had bred and even assisted his delivery. – had met with an accident in the paddock and had fractured a hind leg. This is a catastrophic injury which rarely results with a good recovery, and euthanasia – a death with dignity, compassion and respect – is normally the inevitable outcome. The genetics of this stallion were valuable in the ongoing programme of the new pure breed, Spanish Warmblood, but Mrs Armstrong did not want to keep him alive just to collect his semen. She made the call to ask her local contact to come to her property to put the horse down. When faced with this decision Marji is deliberately conscious of respect for the horse, choosing a place that is familiar for him, staying with him and attempting seclusion to reduce distress to the other horses.
Information has recently (January 2019) come to light, that this person, instead of coming to euthanize the horse, made a phone call to the local RSPCA inspector to tell her of Mrs Armstrong request. The RSPCA Inspector requested the person (mentioned above) go to Mrs Armstrong farm and get photos - which meant that he did not euthanize the horse as expected. He misled Mrs Armstrong and secretly had photos and video taken of the horse and others on the property and left the horse suffering.
Our informant has told us that these images were then sent to the local RSPCA Inspector as requested. The local contact was told, that the RSCPA wished to seize the horse with the broken leg (and another horse with a wound), and requested that he do not carry out the euthanasia of the horse despite the wishes of the owner. The RSPCA informed the local contact that they would not be able to seize the horse UNTIL THE FOLLOWING WEEK. Their intention appeared to be to keep the suffering horse alive so that he could be transported off the property – in a horse float, trying to keep its balance with a broken leg. The local contact did eventually come to the farm to put the horse out of his pain – after being contacted 48 hours prior. As a result of the delays, this horse suffered unnecessarily; not through unavoidable setbacks, but from deliberate, intentional plotting.
It is our understanding that an owner has the right, by law, to euthanise an animal for any reason so long as the animal is treated with dignity, compassion and respect. Who was complicit in causing the delay of the euthanasia?
The RSPCA’s intent to delay euthanasia of this badly injured horse by a week, and worse, to try to transport it any distance while suffering from a broken leg, is an unbelievably callous act proposed by the RSPCA. It demonstrates a complete lack of knowledge and experience of equine health and welfare and questionable intent on the part of the RSPCA. A thorough investigation will either substantiate or disprove these allegations, though our informants have given us a very strong contention to claim that all these allegations are true.
The RSPCA Western Australia works with the WA Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development Agriculture and Food division (DPIRD) to administer and enforce the Animal Welfare Act 2002. The actions of their local inspector, as well as the senior Inspectors at their Head Office in Perth who approved the proposed course of action, were cruel and had the intention to do more cruelty to the young stallion who was so badly injured. It appears that the RSPCA does not possess the knowledge and the experience to make the decision on the fate of the injured horse. In any case, their intent should be questioned. Deliberately keeping this horse alive with this injury for even another day is unacceptable prolongation of suffering.
THE RSPCA’s ACTION TO INFLUENCE AND KEEP THIS HORSE ALIVE FOR NO ACCEPTABLE REASON WAS CRUEL. TO EVEN CONTEMPLATE WAITING ANOTHER WEEK, KNOWING THAT THIS WOULD DRAMATICALLY INCREASE THE SUFFERING AND PAIN OF THE INJURED HORSE. THIS CANNOT, AND MUST NOT, BE CONDONED!
The WA DPIRD Agriculture and Food division needs to declare whether this is a crime or not. If it is a crime, anyone who attempts to conceal this crime, or simply fails to report the crime, is an accessory after the fact. We request a declaration from you as the WA Government Minister responsible and Mr Ralph Addis, the Director General of the WA Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development Agriculture and Food division on this matter. If you declare that this is not a crime, we wonder how many animal owners who have been charged with cruelty and/or neglect will be able to appeal their convictions?
If it is a crime, then the people who have deliberately caused the pain and suffering to this horse should charged and punished to full extent of the law. Or is it just the vulnerable who are charged with cruelty?
By signing this petition we may be able to prevent this dreadful scenario happening again and ensure that the Department of Agriculture (the WA Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development Agriculture and Food division) will act to ensure that the RSPCA carries out its role in a proper manner, and that the RSPCA acts in the future with appropriate knowledge, compassion for badly injured animals and respect to the farmers and their experience.
We need to be prepared to challenge the current thinking and laws. With courage and persistence, bad laws can be changed Many people want to change and refine the laws relating to animal welfare in Australia and specifically the role and function of the RSPCA.
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We call on the Western Australian Minister for Agriculture and Food, the Honourable Alannah McTiernan MLC to mandate the following actions immediately:
· Investigate this particular incident, and have wrong-doers who cause great suffering to an injured horse charged under the Welfare of Animals Act 2002;
· Declare if a deliberate act which causes unnecessary pain to an animal is a crime under Western Australia law.
· Ensure that animal welfare inspectors employed by the Department of Primary Industry and by the RSPCA are themselves acting in the best interests of animals.
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The Honourable Alannah MacTiernan MLC, Western Australia Minister for Agriculture and Food.
Mr. Ralph Addis, the Director General of the WA Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development Agriculture and Food division.
Hon David Templeman MLA Minister for Local Government
Principal Compliance Inspector Charlotte McIntyre, Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development
The Honourable David Littleproud MP , the Australian Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources
The Honourable Michelle Hopkins Roberts MLC Western Australia. Minister for Police
Councillor Colin Egerton-Warburton, President Shire of Cranbrook
Mr Peter James Rundle MLA, Legislative Assembly Western Australia
Mr Rick Wilson MP, Federal Member for O’Connor.
OTHERS WHO WE THINK WHO NEEDS TO KNOW ABOUT THIS MATTER
Australian Charities and Not for profits Commission
The Honourable Josh Frydenberg, the Treasurer of Australia.
The Private Secretary to H.M. The Queen Elizabeth II.
Pastoralist & Graziers Association (WA), President Tony Seabrook
WAFarmers president, Tony York
The Countryside Alliance, UK
Patrons to RSPCA (Western Australia):
The Honourable Kim Beazley AC, Governor of Western Australia (Patron-in-Chief)
The Hon Peter Quinlan, Chief Justice of Western Australia
The Hon Mark McGowan MLA, Premier of Western Australia
The Hon Dr Mike Nahan MLA, Leader of the Opposition
Companies who pay for certification by the RSPCA
Woolworths, Coles, IGA, Mt Barker Free Range Chicken, Campbell Foods
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