Animal welfare concerns

All animals deserve the five freedoms:

​1.​Freedom from hunger and thirst
by ready access to fresh water and a diet to maintain full health and vigour
​2.Freedom from discomfort
by providing an appropriate environment including shelter and a comfortable resting area
​3.Freedom from pain, injury and disease
by prevention through rapid diagnosis and treatment
​4.​Freedom to express normal behaviour
by providing sufficient space, proper facilities and company of the animal’s own kind
​5.Freedom from fear and distress
by ensuring conditions and treatment which avoid mental suffering

If you witness cruelty to an animal, please visit the RSPCA website and make a report. Alternatively, if you believe the animal is in imminent danger, you can contact the RSPCA on 1300 278 3589.

To help sick, injured or orphaned native wildlife, please call the Wildcare helpline on 9474 9055. Visit the Department of Parks and Wildlife for more information.

Page reviewed: 19 Nov 2015 4:11pm