Comment: I can’t get a rental because I own a dog. So now I’m homeless

23 JUN 2017 - 7:04PM Comment: I can't get a rental because I own a dog. So now I'm homeless  Would you give up your dog if it meant you fared better in a rental application? (Supplied to SBS by author. "Australia's strict 'no pet' rental rules made me choose between having a permanent place to call home or having a dog. I chose my fox terrier", writes Scarlett Harris, "and now I'm homeless." By Scarlett Harris 19 JUN … [Read more...]

Housing commissioner had no duty of care to dog attack victim, lawyers argue

July 16 2015 Christopher Knaus  The ACT's social housing commissioner had no duty of care to a young boy mauled by two vicious dogs at a Griffith home, lawyers have argued. And even if that duty of care existed, the government has argued it acted reasonably and could not have known the dogs were a hazard while they were inside and under the control of their owner.   Patrick Hartigan and Joanne Mangan with their son Jack, 12, who was mauled by two pit bulls when he … [Read more...]

Pugs, English bulldogs, French bulldogs, Boston terriers: being crippled by cuteness

Pugs, English bulldogs, French bulldogs, Boston terriers: being crippled by cuteness July 2 2017 Julie Power   Julie Saunderson sees her family's pets, a pug and two French bulldogs, as members of the family. But two, including a much loved bulldog called Daisy, suffered such agonising pain from problems typical of their breeds that the Faulconbridge family had to put them down after expensive vet treatment failed to fix the problems. "Losing Daisy the way we did was the … [Read more...]

Proposed laws against farm activists smell fishy says John Kleinig  

SEVERAL state and federal politicians have initiated moves to address cruelty to farm animals. Proposed legislation purports to protect the interests of animals and has been prompted by break-ins at piggeries, ostensibly to photograph and expose animal mistreatment. As consumers and moral beings we have good reason to be concerned about being the beneficiaries of ­cruelty. However, a closer look at such legislation and the motivations ­behind it reveal a different story. Its … [Read more...]

Pets caught in divorce fallout as spiteful couples hurt innocent animals

Pets caught in divorce fallout as spiteful couples hurt innocent animals Published: July 6th, 2013 | Written By:  Ainsley Pavey LIKE a red rag to a bull, the newly acquired puppy leaps playfully from the car and into the marital version of World War III in suburban Australia. A jilted ex-wife has just caught her cheating ex-husband and his lover at her house downloading a computer hard drive and has called police. She pounces on the puppy in the driveway, … [Read more...]