Today’s release of the independent review into the RSPCA Inspectorate has backed the Andrews Labor Government’s position that animal welfare matters, and needs new contemporary laws.
It is crucial that trusted organisations like the RSPCA, who receive public funding, regularly improve operational performance and efficiency so they can continue to deliver a high quality inspectorate service.
The review comes alongside the Labor Government's Draft Animal Welfare Action plan, currently out for public consultation.
One of the key priority areas suggested in the government’s initial draft of the action plan is to develop new, contemporary laws for animal welfare in consultation with stakeholders and the community.
The Government will work collaboratively with the RSPCA to identify emerging opportunities to incorporate relevant recommendations within their own review into that action plan.
With the review now complete, the Government looks forward to reviewing the recommendations in detail and working with the RSPCA on implementing improvements where appropriate.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford
“Animal welfare is a collective responsibility – it’s on us all to treat pets, livestock and other animals under our care in a way that meets community expectations and standards.”
“This independent review commissioned by the RSPCA is a considered and important step to ensuring our state has the right practices and relationships in place to protect and care for our animals.”
“Bringing a proactive animal welfare agenda to Victoria is about more than simply the prevention of cruelty to animals, it is about making sure our community knows what else needs to be done.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020