European live animal trade raises major welfare concerns

Animal welfare is being neglected on long journeys across Europe amid a booming livestock trade, the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme found. Livestock hauliers were found to routinely break EU laws for the protection of animals in transit. It follows monitoring by welfare charities in Bulgaria, an EU entry point to Turkey and the Middle East. … [Read more…]

‘No longer kill animals’: Bill Gates, Richard Branson back ‘clean meat’ start-up

The world’s richest man, Bill Gates, and fellow billionaire Richard Branson have joined other business giants investing in a nascent technology to make meat from self-producing animal cells. The Silicon Valley start-up they back hopes to tap rising consumer demand for protein that’s less reliant on feed, land and water. Memphis Meats produces beef, chicken and duck directly from animal cells … [Read more…]

Egg producer penalised $750,000 for misleading ‘free range’ claims

ACCC: Egg producer penalised $750,000 for misleading ‘free range’ claims 25 July 2017 The Federal Court has ordered Snowdale Holdings Pty Ltd (Snowdale) to pay penalties totalling  $750,000 for making false or misleading representations that its eggs were ‘free range’, in proceedings brought by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission. “This is the highest penalty … [Read more…]

Adopting older dogs brings wisdom and love

When Kate Esser decided to get a companion for her dog, she thought an older friend would be a better fit than an overactive puppy. Ms Esser adopted Nellie, a wirehaired terrier, and began what has become somewhat of a mission to give elderly canines a loving home for the last years of their lives. … [Read more…]

Peter Dinklage to Game of Thrones fans: Buying direwolf huskies hurts ‘all the deserving homeless dogs’

    The staggering success of Game of Thrones has led to an alarming trend in the pet world. GOT fans, coveting the HBO show’s direwolves, have been buying the closest animal they can find to the striking fictional canines: Huskies. This demand has led to an increase in the irresponsible breeding of this dog. Worse … [Read more…]

Plastic Free July: Stemming the Tide

Modern life relies on plastic. The petroleum-derived material is found in everything from packaging, plates, cars, clothing and medical devices to money. As we now know, the world’s addiction to plastic comes at a staggering cost. One small example: according to statistics published in the Guardian, the world consumed 480 billion bottles of water in … [Read more…]

LUNGWORM WARNING: Heartbroken dog owners reveal DEADLY signs YOU should watch for on pets

One sobbing owner tells how her cherished cocker spaniel’s eyes began to fill with blood before succumbing to deadly lungworm. More than 100 cases of the fatal parasitic disease spread by snails and worms have been diagnosed over the past few months, sparking calls for owners to treat their dogs before they are infected. Lungworm … [Read more…]

Delay in abattoir animal cruelty investigation angers welfare groups

Animal rights groups are furious a cruelty investigation into two Tasmanian abattoirs is still ongoing, eight months after it was launched. In late 2016, Animal Liberation forwarded anonymous video footage taken at Gretna Meats and Tasmanian Quality Meats to the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment (DPIPWE). In October, the group also made … [Read more…]

Pet-friendly homes top retirement wish list

According to a new study, a welcome mat for pets is the number one must-have for Queenslanders considering retirement living. A survey of more than 750 Queenslanders aged over 45 found that allowing pets in retirement homes was more important than access to on-site health care, Wi-Fi technology, a garden or exercise facilities. The survey … [Read more…]

Hotline helps with deep grief of losing pet

A NATIONAL hotline has been set-up to connect people who have lost their pet with a trained counsellor who can help a person better cope with their loss. The service founder, People and Pets Veterinary Services’ Dr Michael O’Donoghue, believes grief associated with the loss of a pet is often misunderstood. He has found that … [Read more…]

WA sheep allegedly abused in Kuwait

Sheep from farms at Kojonup and Gidgegannup are alleged to have been caught up in another animal abuse claim in Kuwait. The Federal Department of Agriculture confirmed it was investigating a breach of live export rules after sheep were filmed being sold from backyard markets and stuffed in car boots amid stifling heat at the … [Read more…]

Tim Winton named patron of new animal trust

Acclaimed Australian author Tim Winton has been named the inaugural patron of a new native animals trust that hopes to connect the public with conservation research and projects. The Native Australian Animals Trust is an initiative of Melbourne University, which chose Winton because of his long-running advocacy for wildlife conservation. “We are busy acting on … [Read more…]

Animal rights protest shuts down major Melbourne CBD intersection

About 600 protesters demanding the closure of Australian slaughterhouses have shut down a major intersection in the Melbourne CBD. The rally, organised by Animal Liberation Victoria, began on the steps of Parliament House about midday on Saturday, before hundreds marched down Bourke Street to occupy the intersection at Swanston Street. Trams along Bourke Street were … [Read more…]

Animal cruelty case against sheep shearers has changed industry forever, peak body says

Australia’s peak shearing body says animal cruelty cases heard in western Victoria this week have forever changed the industry. Four men pleaded guilty to a combined total of 60 animal cruelty charges in the Horsham Magistrates Court on Monday. Evidence against the shearers included hidden camera footage obtained by animal rights group PETA. A packed … [Read more…]