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...]

Frankston Council’s decision to destroy two dogs ‘unnecessary and despicable’, says lawyer

Christian Tatman Frankston Standard Leader July 07, 2014 4:05PM Protesters holding a demonstration against council putting down two dogs owned by Shannon Holt and partner Evan Jeremiejczyk. Picture: Tanya Fry. LAWYER Anne Greenaway has slammed Frankston Council’s announcement that it has destroyed two dogs. Ms Greenaway, who acted for owners Shannon Holt and Evan Jeremiejczyk, described the move as “unnecessary and despicable”. She argued the council … [Read more...]

Pets no longer just part of furniture in France

Pets no longer just part of furniture in France Pets - classed under French civil law as property like tables and chairs - are to be given a new legal status as 'sentient beings' Photo: Alamy By David Chazan, Paris 8:34PM BST 16 Apr 2014 Pets in France will no longer be considered as pieces of furniture, after parliament voted to grant them new rights. This should make it easier to prosecute cases of animal cruelty and help courts … [Read more...]

Pets in France get legal status as ‘living beings capable of feelings’

Posted Apr 18, 2014 10:27 AM CDT By Debra Cassens Weiss Pets in France are no longer just “movable goods” as a result of a bill passed by the National Assembly. The new bill amends the civil code to describe animals as "living beings capable of feelings,” according to the International Business Times. Lawmakers acted on Tuesday after nearly 700,000 people signed an online petition seeking a more modern definition of animal. The Telegraph, Mail Online and RFI also have … [Read more...]

Family’s pet shot at tip by council ranger

Family's pet shot at tip by council ranger By LISA MINNER Daily Liberal Jan. 4, 2013, 4 a.m. Much-loved family pet Ninja was shot by a Walgett Shire Council ranger at the local tip after he had been removed from his owners who were unaware they had surrendered him. PHOTO: CONTRIBUTED See your ad here A COLLARENEBRI family is devastated after discovering their much-loved dog, Ninja, was shot dead the day he was removed from their backyard by a council … [Read more...]

Nature lover leaves wildlife haven to RSPCA – who sell it to be bulldozed and built on

Nature lover leaves wildlife haven to RSPCA – who sell it to be bulldozed and built on Daily Mail (MailOnline) By Ross Slater and Lynne Wallis PUBLISHED: 20:07 GMT, 28 April 2012 | UPDATED: 20:09 GMT, 28 April 2012 The greatest joy in the life of animal enthusiast David Brown was the wild habitat he owned opposite his cottage that was home to foxes, badgers, hedgehogs and squirrels. So when he wrote his will, Mr Brown chose to leave his property to the RSPCA – a charity he … [Read more...]