SA's Animal Welfare Laws Need Real Jaws

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News that a bar set to open in Adelaide intended to put hammerhead sharks in a tank came as a wakeup call for SA last year.

 

Just as concerning as the stupidity and recklessness of putting sharks in a tank, in a bar, near a dancefloor, was the realisation that in SA at least there was nothing that the RSPCA could do about it. The bar was breaking no state laws with this particular species as long as the animals were commercially caught and not transported over any state borders.

 

Why? Because SA does not include ‘fish’ in the definition of animals that are protected under the state’s Animal Welfare Act. In all jurisdictions, Animal Welfare or Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Acts cover vertebrate animals, but only some include fish, despite all fish being vertebrates.  

 

Fish are included as vertebrate species in the ACT, New South Wales, Queensland, Tasmania and Victoria. In the NT fish are only covered when ‘in captivity or dependent on a person for food’. But in South Australia (and WA) fish are specifically excluded from state animal welfare legislation and so protection. Yet there is clear evidence that fish are sentient animals capable of experiencing pain and suffering.

 

That is why the SA Greens have introduced a private members bill to fix this and we need your support to make it happen. Let the Weatherill Labor Government know that fish also deserve protections against cruelty.

 

Read more about the Greens Animal Welfare (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill which seeks to define fish under the animal welfare laws.

 

See who else is signing:
Vanessa Hollowell
Sheena Hayes
Gabriela Obbiettivo
Jenn Allen
Suzanne Pope
Maz Ellis
Deborah White
Mahla McLeod
Scott Andrews
Russell jarman
Trevor Hull
Diane Southwell
Amelia McMahon
Amity pearson
Bronwyn Williams
Jennie Iley
Karen Forde
Kris Mcleod
Christine Hales
Wayne Stanford
Helen Jeges
Elizabeth Shillabeer
Michelle Dudman
Nikki Gilbert
Ana Costa
Red Kildare
Pia Demarchi
yvonne Dolby
Belinda Gull
Avalon Sperring

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Reactions

  • Vanessa Hollowell
    signed 2017-04-24 15:31:23 +0930
  • Sheena Hayes
    signed 2017-02-25 17:31:28 +1030
  • Gabriela Obbiettivo
    signed 2016-09-21 21:21:02 +0930
  • Jenn Allen
    signed 2016-09-15 20:05:31 +0930
  • Suzanne Pope
    signed 2016-09-14 13:19:52 +0930
  • Maz Ellis
    signed 2016-09-14 10:34:22 +0930
  • Deborah White
    signed 2016-08-30 22:39:30 +0930
  • Mahla McLeod
    signed 2016-08-29 23:02:43 +0930
  • Scott Andrews
    signed 2016-08-29 21:03:28 +0930
  • Russell jarman
    signed 2016-08-29 18:16:03 +0930
  • Trevor Hull
    signed 2016-08-29 13:12:40 +0930
  • Diane Southwell
    signed 2016-08-28 22:43:12 +0930
  • Amelia McMahon
    signed 2016-08-28 20:09:07 +0930
  • Amity pearson
    signed 2016-08-28 20:07:01 +0930
  • Bronwyn Williams
    signed 2016-08-28 18:13:31 +0930
  • Jennie Iley
    signed 2016-08-27 21:39:58 +0930
  • Karen Forde
    signed 2016-08-27 20:32:31 +0930
  • Kris Mcleod
    signed 2016-08-27 18:26:59 +0930
  • Christine Hales
    signed 2016-08-27 15:36:47 +0930
  • Wayne Stanford
    signed 2016-08-27 13:21:08 +0930
  • Helen Jeges
    signed 2016-08-27 13:00:39 +0930
  • Elizabeth Shillabeer
    signed 2016-08-27 11:22:40 +0930
  • Michelle Dudman
    signed 2016-08-26 22:32:08 +0930
  • Nikki Gilbert
    signed 2016-08-26 21:27:48 +0930
  • Ana Costa
    signed 2016-08-26 15:49:58 +0930
  • Red Kildare
    signed 2016-08-26 09:43:14 +0930
  • Pia Demarchi
    signed 2016-08-26 08:46:20 +0930
  • yvonne Dolby
    signed 2016-08-25 23:48:05 +0930
  • Belinda Gull
    signed 2016-08-25 22:10:12 +0930
  • Avalon Sperring
    signed 2016-08-25 20:45:48 +0930

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