Elephants destined for Wirths’ circus on a ship’s deck circa 1925. Early last century, Frances Levvy asked school students to write an essay on whether the exhibition of wild animals in travelling menageries was consistent with humanity.
By Sam Hood ca. 1925-ca. 1945, State Library of NSW
Born in 1831, at a time when animals were widely regarded as property, Frances Levvy used the power of the press and the passion of children to advocate for their welfare.
Sometimes slaughtering an ex-racehorse humanely is the best option if a good home cannot be found.
Our reaction to the horse-slaughter scandal show a double standard, and suggest we care more about what racehorses mean to us than what's best for the animal.
Mature horses can still pull in the crowds: Winx was a seven-year-old when she won in the Cox Plate in 2018.
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Race horses should be bred for both speed and durability so owners have an incentive to keep them racing fit and away from the abattoirs.
Animal activists stage a protest during Caulfield Cup day at Caulfield Race Course in Melbourne, following shocking hidden-camera footage revealing the slaughtering of former racehorses.
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An investigation by ABC journalists has revealed hundreds of former racehorses are slaughtered after retiring.
An easy target under current laws.
Pet theft can devastate families and cause animals significant distress – the law needs to change.
Animal protein only: Meat producers want to keep the m-word off of alternative meat products.
Meat producers are lobbying in many states to keep the word 'meat' off labels of plant-based products like the Impossible Burger. But this may not clarify shoppers' choices.
The ACT is the first Australian jurisdiction to recognise animal sentience, but many other countries have already done so.
The new law is largely symbolic so the ACT can boast animal welfare credentials without putting animal-related industries offside. Still, it could create positive change.
The ban followed revelations of sheep suffering and dying from heat stress on voyages from Australia to the Middle East after a disturbing video was revealed.
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Independent observers will be on board the ships exporting live sheep to keep an eye on animal welfare.
Even smaller primates like the squirrel monkey need far more room than any home can provide.
The way of life primates have evolved to live cannot be replicated in a human home.
Understanding happiness in chickens could tell us how to improve their housing.
Not all Thoroughbreds mate in the natural way.
Today's the official birthday of all race horses in Australia which means the breeding season is just a month away. It's about to get very busy for stallions and mares on the stud farms.
Given the severe impact animal-based food production has on the environment, and the trend for vegan products, wouldn't it make sense for all new vegetarian product ranges simply to be made vegan?
It can be tough in the wild, especially if you’re a rescued animal or an orphan reared by human care.
We need a better system to care for the welfare of injured wildlife in Australia as the current one is too fragmented, contradictory and inconsistent.
Don’t worry the puppy.
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We know that failing to provide basic care like food and shelter is cruel, but we often overlook how disregarding the mental lives of our pets can also negatively impact their welfare.
The live export of animals the top welfare concern of people in a recent report.
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It's not only banner-waving activists who care about animal welfare, a recent government report found the majority of people surveyed have concerns and want reform.
Labor plans to create a national strategy on animal welfare.
Labor hopes their six-point plan could turn around Australia's poor international reputation on animal welfare.
Jockey Hugh Bowman rides Winx for an exhibition gallop at the Royal Randwick Racecourse, in Sydney, earlier this month.
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It's the last race for Winx this weekend and she's been an incredible race horse. But what makes a good race horse?
The Melbourne vegan protests prompted a social media backlash.
Animal-rights protesters have grabbed headlines this week, but research shows antagonism is not always effective.
Be careful what you feed your dog.
Raw meat dog food products are growing in popularity. But a new study warns of the risks of bacterial contamination not only to your pet but also to yourself or others in your house.
This pug is suffering from extreme summer heat at 37C.
If dogs are bred with known health disorders, what role should vets play in discouraging potential owners from animals that could cost them both financially and emotionally?