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:
Jennifer Harness
Dominic Mugavin
Peter Adamson
Paul Finnane
Gen Shearer-McBride
Shannan Kimberley
Nita Clifton
Kerryn Suthern
Carl Charter
Sophie Guy
Millie Hammerstein
Simone Hunter
Trevor Vivian
Yve-Berlin Taylor
Emily Vaughton
Sally Sutton
Jenny Hallam
Clare McGuiness
Amanda Hart
Holly Walsh
Anne Gonaus
Rich Batsford
Judi Storer
Jennifer Pierce
Marta Paling
Lorraine Irwin
Gabriella Robins
Brad Hannay
Meagan Lamming
Peter Snaith

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  • Jennifer Harness
    signed 2016-08-25 20:24:28 +0930
  • Dominic Mugavin
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  • Peter Adamson
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  • Paul Finnane
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  • Gen Shearer-McBride
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  • Shannan Kimberley
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  • Nita Clifton
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  • Kerryn Suthern
    signed 2016-08-24 19:45:57 +0930
  • Carl Charter
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  • Sophie Guy
    signed 2016-08-24 17:52:32 +0930
  • Millie Hammerstein
    signed 2016-08-24 17:21:13 +0930
  • Simone Hunter
    signed 2016-08-24 16:22:34 +0930
  • Trevor Vivian
    signed 2016-08-24 15:18:19 +0930
  • Yve-Berlin Taylor
    signed 2016-08-24 15:13:52 +0930
  • Emily Vaughton
    signed 2016-08-24 14:41:28 +0930
  • Sally Sutton
    signed 2016-08-24 13:08:08 +0930
  • Jenny Hallam
    signed 2016-08-24 11:40:19 +0930
  • Clare McGuiness
    signed 2016-08-24 11:36:01 +0930
  • Amanda Hart
    signed 2016-08-24 10:43:06 +0930
  • Holly Walsh
    signed 2016-08-24 10:09:51 +0930
  • Anne Gonaus
    signed 2016-08-24 10:05:35 +0930
  • Rich Batsford
    signed 2016-08-24 09:13:16 +0930
  • Judi Storer
    signed 2016-08-24 09:13:11 +0930
  • Jennifer Pierce
    signed 2016-08-24 09:12:35 +0930
  • Marta Paling
    signed 2016-08-24 08:31:44 +0930
  • Lorraine Irwin
    signed 2016-08-24 08:13:56 +0930
  • Gabriella Robins
    signed 2016-08-24 06:59:07 +0930
  • Brad Hannay
    signed 2016-08-24 05:46:58 +0930
  • Meagan Lamming
    signed 2016-08-24 05:34:09 +0930
  • Peter Snaith
    signed 2016-08-24 01:47:15 +0930

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