The State Government has continued its commitment to animal welfare in Western Australia, with $250,000 in funding for the RSPCA.
Local Government Minister John Bowler said the funds to assist with education programs and management of the inspectorate was a continuation of the Carpenter Government’s $1million election commitment.
Mr Bowler said the RSPCA was a valuable volunteer-based organisation that had served the community for many years and the Government was pleased to provide ongoing support.
“The protection and welfare of animals within our community is a priority for this Government as well as for the RSPCA and we are keen to work in partnership to achieve a better deal for all animals in WA,” he said.
“The funding supports a continuing education and community awareness campaign which promotes responsible ownership, treatment and respect for animals.”
RSPCA president Lynne Bradshaw welcomed the continued support from the State Government in the ongoing fight to prevent cruelty to animals and in funding the rising number of animal cruelty investigations.
“This Labor Government is the first in WA to acknowledge the need to help the RSPCA shoulder the responsibility of enforcing the State’s animal welfare laws with regular annual funding,” Mrs Bradshaw said.
“Sadly, we see no sign of serious animal cruelty slowing down. Last financial year in WA, RSPCA inspectors charged 39 people under the Animal Welfare Act, the second highest number of prosecutions in the last five years.
“However, we believe this figure will begin to decline in the decades to come as a result of the RSPCA working to teach the adults of tomorrow care and compassion for animals through our dedicated education unit.”
The Minister said that the Government had introduced some of the harshest penalties in Australia relating to cruelty to animals and it was important to assist the RSPCA with the ability to enforce these rules.
“The community and State Government recognise the dedication of all the RSPCA volunteers and staff and the funds will support their efforts in animal welfare and protection,” Mr Bowler said.
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