The real life of a dairy cow

Many people believe dairy cows live idyllic lives, naturally producing enough milk to feed their young and provide for human consumption. In reality, the dairy cow is subject to a perpetual cycle of calving, milking and impregnation. She has been bred to produce double the milk she could have thirty years ago, and to ensure her yield remains at its peak, she is forcibly impregnated every 13 months to produce a calf who is immediately taken away from her. These factors all impact negatively on her welfare but remain mostly hidden from the view of consumers. The Life of the […] Read more »

Halloween for pets

While Halloween can be fun for children and adults, veterinarians warn that Halloween for pets can be a different story. Pets can see Halloween as a stressful time of costume parties, endless doorbell ringing, loud and scary noises in the night and strangers coming and going from the home. Sadly, animals – black cats in particular – are also often terrorised, injured and even killed at this time of year, according to Dr Shayne Thomas, emergency veterinarian at Sydney’s Animal Referral Hospital. “During Halloween, we often see pets suffering from injuries, accidents and poisoning. Often councils have fireworks, which result […] Read more »

Australia’s most trusted charity

For the second year running, Guide Dogs has been voted Australia’s Most Trusted Charity in the annual Australian READER’s DIGEST Most Trusted Brand poll. Based on a survey of 2,400 respondents nationally, Guide Dogs was recognised for its industry-leading services, including providing guide dogs to Australians who are blind or vision impaired for over 60 years. Dr Graeme White, CEO of Guide Dogs NSW/ACT, thanked the public for their ongoing support and trust. “We’re humbled by and grateful for this level of public recognition in our vital work, which enables Australians who are blind or vision impaired to be more […] Read more »

Vets camp for kids

While many 11-year-olds spend their free time playing digital games, Alec Campbell is caring for newborn kittens at home as part of a foster program with the Animal Welfare League NSW. In fact, the Kingswood Year 5 student was there for the birth, helping feline mum Ellie through one of nature’s most remarkable moments. Alec – an aspiring veterinarian who loves snakes – learned about kitten birthing, how to help and when there might be a problem when attending the Future Vet Kids Camp in Sydney during the summer holidays in January.  ‘Kittens communicate with their mum by scent, smell […] Read more »

Dog Lovers Show

There are bargains galore to be had if you’re heading to the Dog Lovers Show this Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Royal Exhibition Building in Carlton. Aussie Dog’s stand at 412 (ground level) will be offering our book Moments of Connection as a gift with purchases of $60 and over at their stand for the entire weekend – unbelievable value! Aussie Dog products are quality toys for animals including dogs, horses and even zoo animals. They’re Australian owned and run and stand by their products with impressive guarantees – check out the one for Staffy toys – all at […] Read more »

Whale victory will be monitored

Marine wildlife supporters are today celebrating the long-awaited decision to ban the Japanese government from killing whales in the name of research, but the fight isn’t over says a leading environmental activist organisation. A United Nations court has ruled that the Japanese government’s ‘scientific whaling’ is illegal and that the Japanese must stop its killing of whales in the Antarctic. It’s thought that approximately 3,600 minke whales were killed under this ‘research’ anomaly. Among other organisations, the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society has been fighting whaling for more than a decade. Sea Shepherd founder, Paul Watson, says they welcome the ruling […] Read more »

A second home – adopting from shelters

Each year in Australian shelters it’s estimated well over a hundred thousand animals are euthanased, the majority of them cats and dogs. The single most positive influence people can have on reducing the number of killings each year is to be responsible pet owners. The other is to adopt from shelters. Although adopting from shelters is not for every situation or every person, as Karen Graham discovers, apart from the ‘feel good’ factor of saving a life, adoption from shelters can be successful, positive and rewarding.  Michelle Williamson was volunteering for a shelter and working for an IT company when […] Read more »

ACT sets welfare precendent

The ACT has taken a significant step forward in the animal protection movement with the passing of the Animal Welfare (Factory Farming) Amendment Bill this week. Demonstrating leadership in farm animal welfare, the ACT Government has effectively banned the use of some of farming’s cruellest practices – the use of battery cages, sow stalls, debeaking and farrowing crates. In so doing, the ACT has joined other nations, including the United Kingdom and Sweden, and other domestic jurisdictions including seven US states, taking steps to outlaw the cruel methods used in factory farming. While there are currently no factory farm piggeries […] Read more »

No win for vulnerable koala

The Australian Koala Foundation’s (AKF) top executive has launched a stinging attack on the Federal Department of the Environment for what she says will fail to protect the vulnerable koala. AKF’s Chief Executive Officer, Deborah Tabart OAM, condemns the draft Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act referral guidelines for the vulnerable Koala, stating that the document is ‘shocking’. The AKF has lodged a submission condemning the draft. ‘The guidelines will not even stop koala declines, let alone help increase koala numbers. The document is just shocking; the author appears to have little or no knowledge of how koalas move across […] Read more »

Tag’d with technology

If you’ve ever had the unfortunate experience of losing a dog or cat – desperately searching the streets while you wait for the shelters and/or council to reopen – then a new device using the latest in technology may be able to help. Eliminating the need for a trip to the vet, shelter or council to have a microchip read, Tag’d digital pet tags use NFC (Near Field Communication) technology which can be swiped with a mobile phone to display an owner’s contact number. The first of its kind for this application in Australia, the technology works by tapping a […] Read more »