THE WHIS­PERER

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - PETS - Anne Box­hall Email abox­hall@big­pond.com

THE Federal Budget has cast its gloomy shadow over many vul­ner­a­ble groups, with hu­man and an­i­mal wel­fare both cop­ping it badly.

The govern­ment’s dis­man­tling of the Aus­tralian An­i­mal Wel­fare Strat­egy is a back­ward step which doesn’t refl ect the ex­pec­ta­tions of most Aus­tralians for im­prove­ments to the care and man­age­ment of an­i­mals.

As part of the strat­egy, work­ing groups do­nated time and ex­per­tise way above and be­yond their char­ter to achieve for an­i­mals.

The value of AAWS projects more than ex­ceeded the govern­ment’s in­vest­ment.

This short- sighted and waste­ful de­ci­sion rep­re­sents a big loss which will af­fect an­i­mals’ lives. For de­tails on soon- to- be- dis­man­tled AAWS projects, visit aus­tralianan­i­mal­wel­fare.com.au.

Mean­while, on the other side of the world, Turks will be feel­ing rightly proud of their govern­ment.

Re­cent changes to Turkey’s An­i­mal Pro­tec­tion Bill in­cluded a rul­ing that both own­ers and sell­ers of pets would be obliged to par­tic­i­pate in cer­tifi ed train­ing pro­grams.

Sales of an­i­mals – ex­cept for fi sh and birds – will be banned in pet shops.

A fi ne will be im­posed if pets are sold to people who have not re­ceived train­ing in an­i­mal care.

Tough sen­tences will be in­tro­duced for tor­ture and ill- treat­ment of an­i­mals.

Lo­cal an­i­mal wel­fare vol­un­teers will work with au­thor­i­ties to or­gan­ise care, vac­ci­na­tion, de- sex­ing and train­ing of home­less an­i­mals and their re­lo­ca­tion to an­i­mal shel­ters.

An­i­mal wel­fare com­mit­tees will be con­vened in each mu­nic­i­pal­ity for the pur­pose of pro­tect­ing an­i­mals un­der the prin­ci­ple that the phys­i­cal and be­havioural needs of do­mes­ti­cated an­i­mals should be met and the lives of own­er­less an­i­mals should be sup­ported in the same way as those of an­i­mals with own­ers.

To pro­mote the pro­tec­tion and wel­fare of an­i­mals, in­for­ma­tion will be reg­u­larly broad­cast on Turk­ish ra­dio and tele­vi­sion chan­nels, with a min­i­mum of 20 per cent of con­tent to be aired in prime time.

How re­fresh­ing to see a govern­ment hon­our its re­spon­si­bil­ity to pro­tect this vul­ner­a­ble group.

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