Monday, August 6, 2012

RSPCA Investigates Animal Welfare Issues at NSW Piggery


22/8/12 - UPDATE: RSPCA NSW CEO Steve Coleman interviewed on ABC Rural NSW Country Hour  - http://www.abc.net.au/rural/nsw/content/2012/08/s3573440.html (download the transcript HERE)

6/8/12 - The RSPCA takes the issue of animal welfare very seriously and is currently working with DPI, NSW Food Authority, Animal Welfare League and the NSW Police in the ongoing investigation of a Southern NSW piggery.

On Friday morning RSPCA NSW received information about the alleged miss treatment of animals at a piggery in Southern NSW. RSPCA NSW Inspectors attended the piggery on Friday afternoon and commenced a joint inspection with DPI, NSW Food Authority, Animal Welfare League and the NSW Police. The RSPCA also received a link to footage that was allegedly taken at the piggery and will review this as part of its investigation.

In relation to the piggery, there is no legal mechanism under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act to bring about the immediate suspension or closure of the piggery. While there is capacity for people to be prohibited from owning animals, this order can only be made by the local court following the prosecution and conviction of the offender for animal cruelty offences. In the short term the closure of the piggery would also have an impact on the accommodation, feeding, watering and welfare of the animals that remain on the property. The RSPCA have issued directions to the owner regarding the ongoing management and welfare of the pigs and in addition to the ongoing investigation, it will monitor compliance with the issued directions.

The welfare of animals in NSW is protected under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act (POCTA) 1979 and the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Regulation which are administered by the DPI and enforced by NSW Police, RSPCA and Animal Welfare League.

For more information about RSPCA's campaigns on Pig Farming, please visit: http://www.rspcansw.org.au/campaigns/help_us_get_pigs_out_of_sow_stalls or http://www.rspca.org.au/how-you-can-help/campaigns/pig-farming/

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