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ANIMAL PROTECTION: IS IT WORKING?

One of the most consistent concerns presented to my office, often on a weekly basis, is in relation to animal cruelty legislation in NSW and its lack of enforcement power.

The main animal cruelty legislation in NSW is the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1979 (POCTAA). This Act is enforced by three authorities, NSW Police, RSPCA NSW and the Animal Welfare League (AWL). In reality, most of the enforcement, investigative and prosecution responsibilities is placed on the RSPCA NSW, a charitable  organization which earns most of its income through donations from the public.

POCTAA is the only criminal legislation in NSW enforced by a charitable organization.

In order to gain valuable insight we have started our project titled Animal Protection: Is It Working? The first stage of this project will be of concise data collection from members of the public who have or are in the process of reporting an animal cruelty complaint to the relevant authorities. We have created the following online form as way to capture the information required to accurately assess what you, and indeed the animals are actually enduring on the ground. The data collected will be used to compare and compile report statistics that we can use to our policy direction for animal cruelty investigation, enforcement and prosecution in NSW.

NOTE: URGENT CRUELTY CASES
An urgent case in this instance is one that has met the criteria to be reported as urgent to the RSPCA. That is, is the animal severely injured, does it have water and shelter, are the animals bones protruding, is it in a state that may cause further harm to itself or people in the area?

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Disclaimer:
The information provided in this online project Animal Protection: Is It Working? is not an official complaint and will be collated and used by the Hon. Mark Pearson for the purposes of research and submissions to NSW Parliament. Personal details will not be released without your consent. Only complaints lodged directly with the RSPCA, AWL or NSW Police may be investigated for animal cruelty.