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:
Terina Kocbek
Debbie Saegenschnitter
Anne Palnok
Katrina Gregory
Geoffrey Cann
Phil and Diane Cornelius
Megan Pichler
Marie Hogg
Antonietta Salerno
Maggie Hincks
Jill Wyatt
Victoria Pressler
Abraham Fletcher
Trudy Martin
Bindi Roberts
Helena Mills
Lyn Gaston
Jessica Mason
mel fuller
Satu Nissen-Piening
Daniel Kowald
Emily Duivesteyn
Chantal Ryan
Jane Mallyon
Amanda Allen
Katherine O'Grady
Philip Pointer
Ryan Hopprich
Ingrid Shaw
Hamish Probert

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  • Terina Kocbek
    signed 2016-08-23 15:58:03 +0930
  • Debbie Saegenschnitter
    signed 2016-08-23 15:52:02 +0930
  • Anne Palnok
    signed 2016-08-23 15:51:36 +0930
  • Katrina Gregory
    signed 2016-08-23 15:43:00 +0930
  • Geoffrey Cann
    signed 2016-08-23 15:41:45 +0930
  • Phil and Diane Cornelius
    signed 2016-08-23 15:40:47 +0930
  • Megan Pichler
    signed 2016-08-23 15:38:33 +0930
  • Marie Hogg
    signed 2016-08-23 15:36:01 +0930
  • Antonietta Salerno
    signed 2016-08-23 15:35:34 +0930
  • Maggie Hincks
    signed 2016-08-21 21:04:51 +0930
  • Jill Wyatt
    signed 2016-08-21 13:15:12 +0930
  • Victoria Pressler
    signed 2016-08-21 12:13:24 +0930
  • Abraham Fletcher
    signed 2016-08-21 12:10:18 +0930
  • Trudy Martin
    signed 2016-08-21 01:04:54 +0930
  • Bindi Roberts
    signed 2016-08-20 23:12:22 +0930
  • Helena Mills
    signed 2016-08-20 20:39:56 +0930
  • Lyn Gaston
    signed 2016-08-20 18:12:30 +0930
  • Jessica Mason
    signed 2016-08-20 17:25:50 +0930
  • mel fuller
    signed 2016-08-20 16:49:52 +0930
  • Satu Nissen-Piening
    signed 2016-08-20 16:09:05 +0930
  • Daniel Kowald
    signed 2016-08-20 12:22:39 +0930
  • Emily Duivesteyn
    signed 2016-08-20 12:05:50 +0930
  • Chantal Ryan
    signed 2016-08-20 11:41:59 +0930
  • Jane Mallyon
    signed 2016-08-20 11:41:02 +0930
  • Amanda Allen
    signed 2016-08-20 10:39:35 +0930
  • Katherine O'Grady
    signed 2016-08-20 10:28:06 +0930
  • Philip Pointer
    signed 2016-08-19 20:11:36 +0930
  • Ryan Hopprich
    signed 2016-08-19 16:50:45 +0930
  • Ingrid Shaw
    signed 2016-08-19 16:16:26 +0930
  • Hamish Probert
    signed 2016-08-19 14:57:36 +0930

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