Followers of this blog will know I've spent a lot of time detailing complaints by the public, of the failures of the RSPCA NSW.
Like. A. Lot.
Current; RSPCA NSW "rescues" 43 cats
.... aaaaand the full archive (6 pages and nearly 100!! posts)
So it will come as no surprise to find that the ongoing smozzle that is the RSPCA NSW, is on the mind of groups advocating in the political arena for better protections for animals.
Introducing a project by the Animal Justice Party (AJP) titled Animal Protection: Is It Working?
The main animal cruelty legislation in NSW is the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1979 (POCTAA). This Act is enforced by three authorities, NSW Police, RSPCA NSW and the Animal Welfare League (AWL). In reality, most of the enforcement, investigative and prosecution responsibilities is placed on the RSPCA NSW, a charitable organization which earns most of its income through donations from the public.
POCTAA is the only criminal legislation in NSW enforced by a charitable organization.
In order to gain valuable insight we have started our project titled Animal Protection: Is It Working? The first stage of this project will be of concise data collection from members of the public who have or are in the process of reporting an animal cruelty complaint to the relevant authorities. We have created the following online form as way to capture the information required to accurately assess what you, and indeed the animals are actually enduring on the ground. The data collected will be used to compare and compile report statistics that we can use to our policy direction for animal cruelty investigation, enforcement and prosecution in NSW.
If you're lodging a cruelty complaint with the RSPCA NSW, lodge it here also.
If you've previously lodged a complaint with the RSPCA NSW and found their response unsatisfactory, then now is your chance to have it put onto an official record for submission to parliament.