RSPCA Victoria a wolf in sheep’s clothing?
Wednesday August 23 2017
hang over the decision today by RSPCA Victoria to renounce its activist
campaigns including attacks against the farm sector, with the group still to
hold a seat on the board of its parent organisation RSPCA Australia.
Farmers Federation has called on RSPCA Victoria to commit fully to its pledge
to cease campaigning by using its influence to petition RSPCA Australia to follow
Victoria has made a clear commitment to stop campaigning, but unless it washes
itself of any connection to activism at both state and national levels, the
perception will be that it is just a wolf in sheep’s clothing, masking its
campaigns behind the activities of a powerful national body,” VFF President
David Jochinke said.
“There is a
clear conflict of interest when RSPCA Victoria has a memorandum of
understanding with the State Government to regulate animal welfare laws for
farms while RSPCA Australia is actively campaigning against farming practices.”
comes after an upper house inquiry into RSPCA Victoria’s practices yesterday found
the animal welfare group needed to improve community engagement and
transparency around its powers, and should only investigate allegations of cruelty
to commercial animals in emergency situations.
Victoria CEO Liz Walker said the report’s three recommendations would be
followed in full, but Mr Jochinke said stronger action was required for the
organisation to gain the trust of farmers.
“Farmers get a lot of pleasure out of producing food and
feeding people, but their jobs are complicated when the RSPCA media machine
condemns normal animal welfare processes” Mr Jochinke said.
Victoria wants to end its campaigning and repair relationships with farmers, we
need real assurance that this behaviour is going to change at all levels, and
that there is no potential for RSPCA Victoria to use RSPCA Australia to attack
said the VFF was frustrated the inquiry didn’t explicitly advocate for changes
to the Victoria’s current animal welfare system.
that the report doesn’t recommend any pathway to change suggests we are dealing
with a perfect system, but that is not what we said in our feedback and it is
not representative of farmers’ experience,” he said.
David Jochinke, VFF
President: 0427 834 524
Ashley Mackinnon, VFF
Public Affairs Officer: 0417 165 784