Australian government ‘abandons’ animal welfare leadership

By Carina Perkins

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Animal welfare group RSPCA Australia said it “fears” for the future of Australian animals after the government decided to abandon support for the delivery of the country’s animal welfare strategy.

According to the charity, Australia’s federal government wrote a letter to stakeholders announcing its intention to abandon both financial support and its leadership role in progressing animal welfare matters within state governments.

Heather Neil, RSPCA Australia CEO, said: “The Australian Government has a responsibility to lead the federation in improving the lives of animals; today’s decision will see our nation continue to have inconsistent, patchwork regulations.

“Our job, as Australia’s leading animal welfare organisation, has just become a whole lot harder as the welfare of animals in Australia slips off the priority list for our nation’s leaders.”

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