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