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:
Michael Beasley
Britt Flavel
Pots Pattullo
Marion Harrison
Craig de Vos
Mara Buss
Jessica Pilla
Elizabeth Allen
Janet Needham
Kate Sieber
Keryn Walshe
Alanna Blaize
Carolyn Witmitz
Hannah Bakurski
Fiona Glidden
Minakshi Sharma
Sean Corrigan
Annick De Clercq
Julia Burlison
Tracey Rothwell
Neal NealMorris
Helena Manos
Margaret McCarthy
Emma Gallacher
Rob Dexter
David Trenouth
John Kocbek
James Roque
Russell Jackson
David Hayter

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  • Michael Beasley
    signed 2016-08-23 22:52:36 +0930
  • Britt Flavel
    signed 2016-08-23 22:42:27 +0930
  • Pots Pattullo
    signed 2016-08-23 22:24:21 +0930
  • Marion Harrison
    signed 2016-08-23 22:06:13 +0930
  • Craig de Vos
    signed 2016-08-23 21:48:17 +0930
  • Mara Buss
    signed 2016-08-23 21:45:43 +0930
  • Jessica Pilla
    signed 2016-08-23 21:40:27 +0930
  • Elizabeth Allen
    signed 2016-08-23 21:31:13 +0930
  • Janet Needham
    signed 2016-08-23 21:24:14 +0930
  • Kate Sieber
    signed 2016-08-23 21:18:16 +0930
  • Keryn Walshe
    signed 2016-08-23 21:07:55 +0930
  • Alanna Blaize
    signed 2016-08-23 21:06:28 +0930
  • Carolyn Witmitz
    signed 2016-08-23 20:57:01 +0930
  • Hannah Bakurski
    signed 2016-08-23 20:39:51 +0930
  • Fiona Glidden
    signed 2016-08-23 20:33:36 +0930
  • Minakshi Sharma
    signed 2016-08-23 20:06:31 +0930
  • Sean Corrigan
    signed 2016-08-23 19:58:43 +0930
  • Annick De Clercq
    signed 2016-08-23 19:53:55 +0930
  • Julia Burlison
    signed 2016-08-23 19:52:55 +0930
  • Tracey Rothwell
    signed 2016-08-23 19:41:46 +0930
  • Neal NealMorris
    signed 2016-08-23 19:40:45 +0930
  • Helena Manos
    signed 2016-08-23 19:34:53 +0930
  • Margaret McCarthy
    signed 2016-08-23 19:30:40 +0930
  • Emma Gallacher
    signed 2016-08-23 19:25:02 +0930
  • Rob Dexter
    signed 2016-08-23 19:16:55 +0930
  • David Trenouth
    signed 2016-08-23 19:15:24 +0930
  • John Kocbek
    signed 2016-08-23 19:03:20 +0930
  • James Roque
    signed 2016-08-23 18:47:18 +0930
  • Russell Jackson
    signed 2016-08-23 18:43:10 +0930
  • David Hayter
    signed 2016-08-23 18:43:08 +0930

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