Mylo

MYLO: THE MOMENT OF REUNION

The last video depicts Mylo in the car ready to go home. All media were present. Channels 7, 9 and 10 all captured the moment of reunion, which will be screened in their news bulletins tonight (Ch. 10, 5pm and Chs. 7 and 9, 6pm). Fairfax Media (The Age) and News Limited (Brimbank Leader and Herald…

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MYLO WINS: GOING HOME

In a judgement published at 9.30am, VCAT President, Garde J, found that Mylo is not a restricted breed dog. Mylo needs to be desexed before he can be released. It is anticipated this will be done quickly and that hopefully he will go home Friday. Mylo has been incarcerated for some 2 years and 7…

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Senate Passes Cross-Party Motion to End Animal Testing for Cosmetics

Earlier this week brought good news from the Australian Senate for animals involved in cosmetics testing. On 27 November 2014, the Senate has passed a cross-party motion in support of ending animal testing for cosmetics: http://www.humaneresearch.org.au/interview/australian-senate-motion-against-cosmetics-animal-testing-welcomed-by-becrueltyfree-campaigners Earlier this year, the Panel made verbal and written submissions to the national ALP Cosmetics & Animal Testing Policy Consultation,…

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Panel intervenes for Queensland’s Seth and Jaxon

American Staffordshire Terriers, Seth (13 years) and Jaxon (10 months) are both on death row following allegations in August of an attack involving two persons, and a Pomeranian dog and a cat. Both animals were killed and one person received minor injuries. But the owner advised Sunshine City Council that it was her other dog,…

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Victoria’s Labor Opposition promises Inquiry into BSL

With an election a fortnight away in Victoria, the Labor Opposition has promised if elected it will subject breed specific legislation (‘BSL’) to a parliamentary inquiry. Further, during the inquiry there will be a prohibition on killing any dogs detained under BSL. The announcement comes just over a year after BAWP brought Bill Bruce to…

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Melbourne Cup deaths

An autopsy has revealed that Melbourne Cup favourite Admire Rakti died of acute heart failure. Last night, ABC’s Lateline covered the story with an interview of Elio Celotto of Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses. The story includes footage of Admire Rakti immediately after the race, showing the seven-year-old stallion collapsing in his stall. Click…

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Panel Intervenes to Save Sonny

Earlier this month in Wodonga, Victoria American Staffordshire Sonny was impounded by Wodonga City Council and declared a restricted breed. The Panel has intervened to appeal the declaration, which is due to be filed in VCAT by 16 October. The Panel extends it’s grateful thanks to Daniel Beecher of Phoenix Legal Solutions and barrister Simone Bailey for their assistance in preparing the VCAT appeal application.

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Evidence of live export cruelty surfaces again

Live export cruelty has again been revealed at a time when preparations for religious festivals are occurring. 174 Australian sheep meant for Korban ritual did not survive their flight to Singapore. Read more at http://www.straitstimes.com/news/singapore/more-singapore-stories/story/174-australian-sheep-meant-korban-ritual-did-not-survive For the fifth time, Animals Australia has provided the Department of Agriculture with evidence of recurring live export breaches at the…

Panel intervenes on behalf of ASK to protect Agile Wallabies

On 11 August 2014 the Panel intervened on behalf of the Australian Society for Kangaroos to prepare and file on its behalf an application in the Supreme Court of Queensland to review decisions by the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection to grant damage mitigation permits for the taking of Agile Wallabies in the Mission Beach area…

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COMPANY FINED FOR MISLEADING, DECEIVING CUSTOMERS OVER FREE-RANGE EGGS CLAIM

The Federal Court this week fined Pirovic Enterprises Pty Ltd $300,000 for misleading consumers that their eggs were free-range.  The decision was reported in various media outlets, including ABC News. The ACCC believes this decision will set a precedent for future cases as the court has effectively defined what constitutes a free-range claim, being that…

CHANGING OF THE GUARD AT THE PANEL

Founder and inaugural Chair (2006 to 2014), Graeme McEwen, has stepped down as Panel Chair so that he may focus on Counsel for Animals International, a new group with lawyer support in 17 countries. A CAI website is under construction: counselforanimalsinternational.org. Graeme remains as a director of the Panel board and will still act as…

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…

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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…