Greyhound industry’s race of shame

Australian racetracks are brutal and dangerous for dogs and animal abuse within the sport is rife, yet state governments still proclaim their support for the greyhound racing industry, writes Jeroen van Kernebeek. THIS YEAR the (MDC) Million Dollar Chase – the greyhound racing industry’s centerpiece event – ​​couldn’t escape the animal welfare problems plaguing its … Read more

Animal welfare law reform could rein in horse owners’ rights

The Victoria State Government has been accused of commercial sidestepping the consultation proposed changes to animal laws that could see licenses brought in for horse events and horse activity. Animal Care Australia (ACA) horses and livestock representative Karri Nadazdy said as a major stakeholder, ACA responded to the ‘Plan for Victoria’s new animal care and … Read more

North-west Queensland ‘overwhelmed’ with undesexed dogs and cats as vets face uphill battle

On a fold-out plastic table in a remote community hall, Hannah Burton finishes desexing her 20th animal for the day. Key points: At least $50,000 has been spent on desexing dogs and cats in north-west Queensland over the past year Despite the efforts of vets and rescue groups, numbers of neglected or roaming pets continue … Read more

Licences for horse activity and events on the cards in Victoria

Licenses for any professional horse activity and events in Victoria could be brought under proposed new animal welfare laws. The proposal has been outlined in a plan developed as part of the reform process for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1986 and states that anyone ‘showing and exhibiting animals for a commercial purpose’ … Read more

Horses to benefit as Victoria plans update of animal welfare laws

Licenses for any professional horse activity and events in Victoria could be brought under proposed new animal welfare laws. The proposal has been outlined in a plan developed as part of the reform process for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1986 and states that anyone ‘showing and exhibiting animals for a commercial purpose’ … Read more

Calls for urgent maintenance as Kimberley drivers slowed to 18kph on Tanami Road

It has been almost six months since major funding was announced to seal one of WA’s most notorious tracks, but truck drivers say the condition of the Tanami Road has never been worse. Key points: One of WA’s biggest livestock transporters claims the Tanami Road has been virtually condemned by industry A pastoralist running cattle … Read more

Tash Peterson: Vegan activist reveals the moment she was put off meat for good

Australia’s most notorious vegan activist Tash Peterson has revealed the moment she was put off meat aged just three – but didn’t ditch it for good until 20 years later. The Only Fans star is known for her “can’t-look-away” protests, including holding a severed pig head in front of a butcher and walking topless, covered … Read more

Monkeypox Doesn’t Need to Be Renamed

Joseph Osmundson, a microbiologist at NYU, was walking home recently in New York City when a stranger abruptly shouted “Monkeypox!” at him. He wasn’t infected with the virus, which has been spreading largely through intimate contact between men, nor did he have the characteristic skin lesions. So he must have been targeted for this catcall, … Read more

World’s Oldest Known Captive Male Giant Panda Dies at 35

The world’s oldest known male giant panda in captivity has died at age 35, the equivalent of 105 human years, the Hong Kong theme park that cared for him said on Thursday, July 21. Ocean Park Hong Kong said the beloved panda, named An An , was euthanized Thursday for welfare reasons after his health … Read more

Small-scale chicken producers claim regulation preventing new entrants to market

In the 1970s, on the family farm in Tenterfield, a young boy named Michael Sommerlad dreamt of raising the ideal chicken. He was conscious of the way nature helps itself — “I consider my father one of the genuine environmentalists,” says Michael. “He was able to look at his surroundings holistically, to try and work … Read more