It was a great day at the RSPCA QLD conference. A lot of great people doing outstanding work. I would like to thank all the inspectors who attending the training session and I wish you all the best.
The RSPCA does a lot more than look after animals. They have a team of dedicated inspectors that are appointed under state and territory animal welfare legislation.
This legislation gives inspectors a range of powers to investigate cases of animal cruelty and to enforce animal welfare law. These powers are similar in nature to those afforded to police officers. In the course of investigating animal cruelty offences, inspectors are empowered to:
- enter property;
- seize animals;
- seize evidence of animal cruelty offences;
- issue animal welfare directions/notices;
- issue on-the-spot fines; and
- initiate prosecutions under animal welfare legislation.
Although inspectors are afforded these powers, in the majority of cases inspectors will seek to resolve animal welfare issues through the provision of education and advice. Enforcement action, such as the seizure of animals and initiation of prosecutions, is reserved for serious cases of animal mistreatment.
During 2016 to 2017 RSPCA received over 135,800 animals, that is over 370 animals per day, of these, over 70 wild animals per day came through their doors needing medical attention. That is a lot of work for a community based charity.
Thinkedu is proud to support this cause and encourage everyone to help RSPCA continue to help our wildlife and pets.