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…

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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…

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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.

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ACT bans factory farming practices

In a legislative first, the ACT House of Assembly last night banned battery hens, debeaking and sow stalls. The ACT has no factory farms, but the enactment provides a national legislative precedent and a moral beacon for other parliaments to follow. Tasmania’s government flagged in 2012 that it would phase out such practices but failed to…

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ACCC institutes proceedings against free range egg producers

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has filed separate proceedings in the Federal Court against egg producers in WA and NSW alleging that each of the producer’s use of “free range” was misleading. The ACCC alleges that Snowdale Holdings Pty Ltd (Snowdale) in WA and Pirovic Enterprises Pty Ltd (Pirovic) in NSW, through the use…

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The Fight For Zeus, Part V

Senior Member I. Proctor of the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal today set aside the declaration by the City of Greater Geelong that Zeus is a restricted breed dog. VCAT’s decision today hopefully concludes a long battle by the Panel to rescue two dogs, Knuckles and Zeus, wrongly declared by the City of Greater Geelong…

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The Fight for Zeus, Part IV

Panel counsel appeared for Zeus’ owner at VCAT on 17 and 18 December  2013 in an application challenging the declaration by the City of Greater Geelong that Zeus is a restricted breed dog. Judgment has been reserved, and may be handed down before Christmas. See previous posts about The Fight for Knuckles and Zeus: the declaration…