BONNIE

Panel intervenes to rescue Bonnie

Earlier this year, Bonnie was surrendered by her owner to an outer-Eastern Sydney pound.  Bonnie was then administered a temperament test.  She failed.  Hearing of her plight, the Panel approached the relevant Council and asked if it would agree to a program of rehabilitation / retraining for Bonnie with an appropriate animal behaviourist arranged by…

Mylo

Mylo files fresh VCAT Application

Today VCAT President, Garde J, granted leave to the owner of Mylo to file a fresh application out of time challenging the City of Brimbank’s declaration on 17 May 2012 that he is a restricted breed dog. The fresh application was directed to be filed by 29 July: it was in fact filed today soon…

Brutus goes home

Further to our FB posts of 18 April and 12 May 2014 where we reported on the plight of Brutus, Coco and 9 puppies seized on 23 August 2013 by Hume City Council, Brutus went home to his owner on 10 June. Brutus’ owner  had lost at VCAT, Judge Harbison affirming on 11 May the…

Panel intervenes to rescue 10 lives

A small dog rescue operation on the NSW/Victorian border was subject to local Council enforcement action in respect of noise and number of dogs at the property. The principal had over time homed over 20 dogs, including ‘over- bred’ mothers, adult males and puppies. Rescued dogs included intensively bred dogs trained to be aggressive. Court…

Knuckles

Knuckles fights on

  By a Supreme Court injunction to stop Knuckles (and Zeus) being killed on the day he was scheduled to be put down last year by Geelong City Council, and subsequently by consent orders of VCAT revoking the Council’s declaration that he was a restricted breed dog, the Panel intervened to save Knuckles’ life: view our…

-CC 178

The rescue of “–CC 178″

Several weeks ago a dog was brought into an outer Sydney Council’s pound, and impounded as ‘ -CC 178′. She was considered aggressive and so, at the end of a pole, was consigned to the pound’s dangerous dog cage for the safety of staff. -CC 178 had no known owner so that after the lapse…

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Major breakthrough in China on bear farms

“In what’s being described as a major victory against abusive animal practices in China, a government-owned company that has bred bears for traditional medicines has agreed to convert itself into a sanctuary. Animal welfare advocates hope the agreement, signed on Tuesday at a news conference in Beijing, will prompt the government to phase out other…

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ACCC concludes lengthy investigation after the Panel and others urged it to investigate claims that cosmetics are not tested on animals.

In July 2013, the Panel wrote to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (the ACCC) raising concerns about cosmetics companies misleading Australian consumers by marketing their products as not being tested on animals when, in fact, a report by consumer group ‘Choice’ suggested they were tested on animals.  The Panel urged the ACCC to investigate…

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Australia wins whaling case against Japan

The International Court of Justice has found for Australia 12 to 4, ruling that Japan must cease whaling in the Antarctic. The UN court found that Japan’s whaling hunt in the Southern Ocean is not a scientific program, despite what Tokyo has always claimed. Watch the SBS report here. Click here for the ICJ Judges Opinions.