Serious Animal Cruelty Under the Crimes Act (NSW)

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Jacob Vanderschoot became the first person to be convicted of serious animal cruelty at the Local Court, in Mt. Druitt, NSW. Vanderschoot used a boning knife to cut the dog Bouncer’s throat and left him lying in his front yard for hours[1]. For this act, Vanderschoot received no jail time and was instead sentenced to a 12 month intensive corrective…

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ACT Ban Factory Farming but How will it be Enforced

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This week the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) passed legislation to prohibit the use of battery cages and sow stalls[1]. This is a step forward for animal protection and been hailed as a victory by animal advocacy groups such as Voiceless and Animals Australia. Under s9A of the Animal Welfare (Factory Farming) Amendment Bill 2013 it is an offence for a person to…

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