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.