In­dus­try dog box use chal­lenged

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A WORK­ING Dog Rescue As­so­ci­a­tion has called on live­stock trans­porters to prove their dogs are not com­pro­mised while on the job.

The com­ments fol­low re­as­sur­ance from the road trans­port in­dus­try that happy, healthy, work­ing dogs were an es­sen­tial com­po­nent of any live­stock trans­port out­fit.

How­ever in an on­line re­sponse the Aus­tralian Work­ing Dog Rescue has called for proof.

The rescue has told fol­low­ers it seeks sci­en­tific re­search into the con­di­tion of the an­i­mals, in a post di­rectly ad­dressed to the Live­stock and Ru­ral Trans­port As­so­ci­a­tion Vic­to­ria.

“We are more than happy to fa­cil­i­tate this via the Work­ing Dog Al­liance,” the post read.

“Demon­strate your claims, else all your words are sim­ply pay­ing lip ser­vice to an in­dus­try that clearly can’t prove it cares for the an­i­mals it uses as cheap labour in or­der to make money.”

When con­tacted, Live­stock and Ru­ral Trans­port As­so­ci­a­tion Vic­to­ria pres­i­dent Gra­ham Howell told Big Rigs the in­dus­try al­ways wel­comed sug­ges­tions.

“We don’t want to go tit for tat in the me­dia,” Mr Howell said. “If they want to help us out by sug­gest­ing al­ter­na­tives we are more than happy to hear from them.”

Rescue as­so­ci­a­tion ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Carey Ed­wards has since writ­ten di­rectly to all Aus­tralian live­stock trans­port bod­ies on the mat­ter.

The re­quest in­cludes the test­ing of tem­per­a­ture, noise and air qual­ity, with all re­sults to be shared with the en­tire in­dus­try, along with meth­ods for im­prove­ment in all re­gards to duty of care.

PHOTO: FILE

DOG BOXES: The Work­ing Dog Rescue has writ­ten to in­dus­try bod­ies di­rectly on the mat­ter of dog boxes.

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