• Barnaby

    These animals are defenceless. We are often their last hope. They look at us beseechingly. They have no voice. Let us be one of the voices for those that cannot speak, and a hope for those deemed too difficult, too costly or not worthy by others.

    (Saved by a Rescue Group)

  • Dog in pound

    I am a living creature. I feel pain. I need you to feed me and give me water. I depend on you.

    (Saved by a Rescue Group)

  • Dog in pound

    Must We Die?

    (Saved by a Rescue Group)

  • Dog in pound

    I am a surrender. They will kill me today.

    (Saved by a Rescue Group)

  • Dog in pound

    Who has judged me worthless?

    (Saved by a Rescue Group)

  • Dog in pound

    I cannot speak. I can only look at you beseechingly.

    Will you be my voice?

    (Saved by a Rescue Group)

Dear Friends

We are a group of incorporated rescue associations who believe that the lives of each of our companion animals is precious.

As we near the end of 2012 we hear a loud voice in the community asking that the government address the cruelty and needless deaths that occur every day with our domestic animals in Victoria. Social media has been instrumental in letting like minded people find a united voice to protest.

The anti-puppy farm lobby speaks loudly yet already we fear that the Code currently being revised to supposedly deal with puppy farms will be as useless as the other Codes recently reviewed. It is really not that difficult: ban puppy farms. Yet both political parties support them. Why? Because there are powerful well-financed groups who have a lot of money invested in the continuing commercialisation of our domestic animals. All we have is a voice – and a vote!! We hope you use it well to protest to your politicians, both now and when there is an election.

Meanwhile under the last revised Code for the Management of Shelters and Pounds, pets are being killed every day. It is fine to shoot a little maltese or a young puppy that ended up in the pound because their owner moved, died or didn’t want them anymore. It is fine to say to community fostercare networks like ours and other rescue groups: go away. It is after all easier to shoot them than to rehome them.

Mildura Pound, from working with one cfc network seven years ago, now works with more than 25 rescue groups.  Some weeks no animals die in a pound where the vets used to visit twice a week to kill the animals, sometimes as many as 30 in one day. Why this pound? Why not others? Surely in your community, in your area, there are people who care that these innocent animals are dying.

The government can act quickly to bring in a breed specific legislation that is so open to interpretation that people’s pets, DNA tested to be non-restricted breeds and that have done nothing wrong, are dragged from their homes, incarcerated for months, and then killed. And yet it can do nothing to save other lives.

And who advises the Government? Who are the two bodies that control animal welfare in Victoria? Who sits on them? The same tired people lacking compassion, viewing animal welfare as a business, that have brought us to this parlous state. Yet there has been time for the government to set up a 'Game Committee' to extend the killing of other forms of life.

When will there be a body that truly represents and cares for companion animals in Victoria. Only when you ask: loudly and often.

Trisha Taylor (President)

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