Animal welfare

Discussion paper

5 Mar 2019

The 2030 Agenda envisages a development model “in which humanity lives in harmony with nature and … other living species are protected.” Yet while the relationship between animal welfare, environmental well-being, and human development is increasingly researched and evidenced, there remains very little recognition of...


19 Feb 2019

Animal cruelty offences in Victoria is the first ever report on how animal cruelty is sentenced in the state. It identifies the animal cruelty offences people and corporations were sentenced for between 2008 and 2017, the sentences imposed for those offences and other offences...


15 Nov 2018

Australians are committed to ending animal cruelty. Yet every day, animals across the country are made to suffer to maximise corporate profit in the name of gambling, entertainment or food. The Greens believe we must properly care for animals and treat them with respect and...


Moss Review
31 Oct 2018

The purpose of this review was to assure the federal government and the Australian public that exporters can meet our high animal welfare standards and also to identify any regulatory and investigative improvements that can be made.

Briefing paper

25 Oct 2018

This e-brief discusses the Exhibited Animals Protection Amendment (Prohibitions on Exhibition) Bill 2018, which was introduced into the New South Wales Legislative Council on 25 October 2018 by Mark Pearson MLC, of the Animal Justice Party. The object of the Bill is to prohibit the...


16 Oct 2018

Pet owners have high expectations regarding the quality of domestic and imported pet food that they purchase.


McCarthy Review
17 May 2018

Dr Michael McCarthy was engaged by the Federal Agriculture and Water Resources Minister to advise on conditions and/or actions that would be required to assure health and welfare outcomes for sheep being transported to the Middle East during the northern hemisphere summer. The review was...


6 Feb 2018

The ACCC has produced this guide to help egg producers of all sizes understand their fair trading rights and obligations when promoting or selling eggs as ‘free range’. It will also help consumers understand the law and our approach to ‘free range’ egg claims.


22 Aug 2017

This report primarily looks at two issues: the use of its powers by the RSPCA Victoria; and its expenditure of government funding.


3 Feb 2017

Domestic cats are one of the most popular pets worldwide and they play an important and much-cherished role in the lives of many South Australians.

The Cat Tracker project was designed to help cat owners make informed decisions about the care and management of...


30 Aug 2016

This quick guide provides an overview of Halal food certification in Australia.


Halal is an Arabic word that means permitted or lawful in Islam. It is both an umbrella term used in relation to all food products, and a term that...


15 Jul 2016

Following the completion of the Special Commission of Inquiry into the Greyhound Racing Industry in NSW in June 2016, Premier Mike Baird announced on 7 July 2016 that NSW will become the first Australian State to shut down greyhound racing. On 14 July 2016, the...



12 Jul 2016

There is ample evidence of systematic cruelty and regulatory failure with which to justify the New South Wales government’s decision to ban greyhound racing. But this is a single industry in a single state – if we step back and look at the wider picture...


7 Jul 2016

This report is the result of an extensive inquiry into the greyhound racing industry in New South Wales held under the Special Commissions of Inquiry Act 1983 (NSW). The Inquiry was set up by the New South Wales government in February 2015. It followed the...


11 May 2016

Responsibility for animal welfare is shared across the three tiers of government with each state and territory having its own animal welfare and animal cruelty legislation. Depending on the state or territory, members of the RSPCA and other charitable organisations are deputised to enforce animal...


23 Mar 2016

Live exports were banned for a short time in 2011 following the ABC's Four Corners exposure of the cruel trade that brutally exploits animals. The Labor Government was forced to stop the trade and set up an inquiry as public outrage and concern was so...


31 Jan 2015

Voiceless's latest in-depth report, The Life of the Dairy Cow, offers valuable insights into the emotional stress and physical strain experienced by the modern Australian dairy cow. Through rigorous analysis of current scientific knowledge as well as the examination of the relevant legal framework, this...


1 Sep 2014

Sustainability and its attainment is one of the most important challenges of our time. Ever since the Brundtland Report popularised the concept of sustainable development, communities around the globe have been confronting how to balance the needs of humanity for consumption of resources with the...


26 Apr 2008


In August 2007 there was an intake of 52 horses into the Eastern Creek Quarantine Station in New South Wales and 27 horses into the Spotswood Quarantine Station in Victoria. Thirteen of the horses were from Japan. They arrived at Tullamarine Airport...



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