1824 The organisation was originally formed as the Society Prevention Cruelty (SPC) in England
1871 The SPC was established in Australia. At this time it looked after both humans and animals
1883 The SPC was established in Queensland
1925 The Animal Protection Act was created
Over the years…
1955 The “Royal” warrant was issued and the organisation bec ame the “Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty”
1970 Qld Government took over the welfare of children leaving the RSPCA to concentrate only on animal welfare
2001 The Animal Care and Protection Act was created, replacing the outdated 1925 Act
Objectives and Responsibilities
Prevent cruelty: State-wide Inspectorate
Promote animal welfare: Nine Shelters, Animal Training Centres
Lobbying Government: campaigns & legislation
Education: “Changing Hearts & Minds”
Media: RSPCA Animal Rescue
RSPCA Qld Staff
Includes: Animal Attendants, Vet Nurses, Vets, Dog trainers, Animal Behaviourists, Inspectors, Animal Ambulance Officers, Hydro-bath Operators, Administration Assistants, Accountants, Fundraising and Events Coordinators, Media and Public Relations Officers, Education Officers, Human Resources Personnel, IT Support Staff, Call Centre Operators, Retail Assistants, Cleaners…
Our wonderful volunteers!
More than 2000 Volunteers & Foster Parents
RSPCA Qld Volunteers donate around 10,000 hours of their time per month saving the RSPCA around $2 million per year!
RSPCA Qld’s nine shelters received over 42,500 animals last year.
All animals are checked by a veterinarian as soon as they arrive at the RSPCA.
Rockhampton Pet Shop
RSPCA Inspectorate have specified areas of service
The only non-government body empowered to administer an Act of Parliament.
Over 13 , 000 complaints of animal cruelty investigated each year by RSPCA Qld
More than 50 prosecutions each year
Over 9,000 animal rescues each year
The Animal Care and Protection Act 2001
The Animal Care and Protection Act (2001) protects pets and farm animals.
Breaking this law can result in a fine of up to $100,000 or 2 years imprisonment.
Why do we have the Animal Care and Protection Act?
Pets and farm animals RELY on humans to care for them and provide them with their needs. If you own an animal, you have a Duty of Care for it and must:
Provide food and water;
Allow the animal to display normal behaviour;
Treat any disease and injury;
Handle the animal in a way that is appropriate.
The Nature Conservation Act 1992
The Nature Conservation Act (1992) protects wildlife.
Breaking this law can result in a fine of up to $200,000 or 2 years imprisonment.
Why do we have the Nature Conservation Act?
Wildlife RELY on the natural environment to provide all their needs. The Nature Conservation Act protects:
Wildlife itself. You can not harm or interfere with native animals.
Wildlife habitats (their homes). You can not destroy wildlife habitat such as nests.
Over 5,300 wildlife were rescued statewide last year
Voluntary Wildlife Heroes needed
STOP Animal Cruelty
Strong, brave people stand up for animals. Have the courage to report animal cruelty:
Cruelty Hotline 1300 852 188
RSPCA Qld 3426 9999
Sick or injured animals 1300 ANIMAL
RSPCA campaigns on animal welfare issues are an important avenue of educating the community on the humane treatment of animals. Some of them include:
Desex – Don’t Kill
Dogs Die in Hot cars
Justice for Animals
Say No to Animals in Circuses; and
Fair Go For Farm Animals
The Meatrix (www.themeatrix.com) spoofs The Matrix films and highlights the problems with factory farming. Instead of Keanu Reeves, The Meatrix stars a young pig, Leo, who lives on a pleasant family farm… he thinks. Leo is approached by a trenchcoat-clad cow, Moopheus, and joins him on a journey to learn more about what goes on behind closed barn doors at factory farms.