We need an Independent Office of Animal Protection

Premier Gladys Berejiklian

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Animals in NSW are not being protected because the same government department is responsible for animal welfare and animal industries, and our animal cruelty laws are being enforced by under-resourced and unaccountable charities.

That’s why we’re calling for a new, independent professional, government funded body with animal welfare and protection as its focus and mission: an Independent Office of Animal Protection.

Sign this petition to voice your support for an Independent Office of Animal Protection.

An Independent Office of Animal Protection would take on the role of developing policies, procedures, standards and guidelines for the protection of animals in NSW, as well as investigate animal cruelty complaints, enforce our animal protection laws, and prosecute those who harm animals.

Animals deserve a professional, empowered, resourced and independent agency to take on the role of animal protection, but we must act quickly to achieve our goal. Our MP Mark Pearson has successfully put an Independent Office of Animal Protection on the Parliamentary agenda, but we only have until December to convince the NSW Government to put his plan into action.

By signing this petition you’ll be calling on the NSW Government to ensure animals are properly protected under law, by supporting our recommendation for an Independent Office of Animal Protection.

To: Premier Gladys Berejiklian
From: [Your Name]

I am calling on you to support an Independent Office of Animal Protection, because right now in NSW animals are not being protected.

The NSW Department of Primary industries faces an extreme conflict of interest because they are responsible for both animal welfare and animal industries, and we continue to outsource the enforcement and prosecution of of our animal cruelty laws to private charities.

The NSW DPI cannot be expected to promote hunting, fishing and animal agriculture, and protect animals at the same time.

The RSPCA and Animal Welfare League are clearly unable to cope with the demands of inspecting the thousands of animal agricultural facilities around NSW, and prosecuting animal cruelty complaints, leaving millions of animals at risk of abuse and exploitation.

Animals deserve a professional, empowered, resourced and independent agency to take on the role of animal protection.

An Independent Office of Animal Protection would take on the role of developing policies, procedures, standards and guidelines for the protection of animals in NSW, as well as investigate animal cruelty complaints, enforce our animal protection laws, and prosecute those who harm animals. An Independent Office would afford animals the protection they deserve.

Please support the recommendation for an Independent Office of Animal Protection this December. The NSW community and millions of companion, farmed and wild animals are counting on you.