Animal welfare

RSPCA WA – Improving animal welfare for 130 years

Tuesday August 2 marks 130 years of work by the RSPCA WA to care for and protect animals.

Founded in 1892, the RSPCA WA is one of Western Australia’s oldest and most enduring organisations, as well as one of its most trusted.

The RSPCA WA was the first society outside the UK to receive royal patronage. It was formed on August 2, 1892 by a reading circle of five friends, including Mrs. Edith Cowan. Membership was one shilling.

Since 1892, the RSPCA WA has rescued, rehabilitated and rehabilitated tens of thousands of creatures large and small, while continually advocating for improved animal welfare.

Successes include increased maximum penalties for cruelty, an improved Animal Welfare Act 2002 and laws to stop puppy breeding. We continue to push for an end to the export of live sheep, an end to the use of sterile battery cages, as well as key improvements in practices for animals used in agriculture, sport and entertainment.

RSPCA WA chair Lynne Bradshaw AM said this milestone was a time to reflect on what the organization had achieved and the work that remained to be done to improve the treatment of animals across WA.

“We are truly proud to recognize the many dedicated staff and volunteers who have cared for WA’s most vulnerable animals over the past 130 years,” she said.

“Over the past few decades, there has been a dramatic and positive change in the way animals are valued in our society, and we are proud that the RSPCA has played a leading role in this change.

“When I started telling people about the welfare issues of egg farming 20 years ago, for example, I never could have imagined we would be where we are today. where the welfare of laying hens is taken into account by most consumers when buying eggs from the supermarket.

“Today, the RSPCA WA is a trusted voice in the community and a strong advocate for government, influencing changes to laws and policies to ensure animals are treated with dignity, compassion and respect.

“We have made great strides towards our vision to end cruelty to animals, but there is still a long way to go.

“As we mark this 130-year milestone, it is important to recognize that our work is only possible with the strong support of the community.

“The RSPCA WA continues to receive over 80% of its funding from the public, and without that support the future of thousands of WA animals would look bleak.”

The WA Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals hired its first inspector in 1894, and another followed in 1906 to work in the Eastern Goldfields.

In 1920, the society became the first outside the UK to receive royal patronage, gifted by King George V. To this day, state governors bestow their patronage on the society.

In May 1998, the charity’s flagship event, Million Paws Walk, was held for the first time. Funds raised were used to open RSPCA WA’s dedicated animal sanctuary in Malaga the following year.

Today, the RSPCA WA provides important community services across the state, including education programs, community outreach initiatives, discounted pet neutering and temporary foster care for pets. animals victims of family and domestic violence. It remains the only charity authorized to investigate and prosecute cases of cruelty under the Animal Welfare Act 2002.

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