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?
Violence towards animals can never be condoned, whether in horse racing or to animals in general.
The outcry over allegations that electronic devices may have been used in Australian racehorse training highlights inconsistencies in our attitudes to the use of such devices on animals in general.
Australian states and territories have in the last decade reformed their animal welfare laws.
Our research compared penalties for animal cruelty issued before and after the law change in SA. We found the penalties did in fact increase, but reports of abuse haven’t decreased.
Beagle X puppies adopted from RSPCA ACT in 2017.
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Around 175,000 dogs and cats in Australian animal shelters are put down each year. But you can gift a pet a new home this Christmas, with the support of animal welfare groups.
Evolution can explain why animals are scared – but what can we do to help?
Pet spending in the U.S. is estimated to have exceeded US$72 billion.
American spending on pets is more than the combined GDP of the 39 poorest countries in the world. What if even a small percentage of this spending was allocated to reducing suffering, asks a philosopher.
The commitment of vegan businesses to animal welfare is laudable, but are they being sheep in their labour practices by doing things the old way? Researchers are asking questions about their labour standards and commitment to social justice.
While the commitment of vegan businesses to animal well-being is laudable, is that where their ethical commitments stop? Are they reproducing bare-minimum labour standards, or aiming higher?