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RSPCA Vic Inquiry about to close but you could make a late submission has only just heard of this inquiry which closes today. However the Secretary of the inquiry has been contacted and she indicated that if individuals write in to this address: and request to make a late inquiry, stating who they are and how much time they might require, such as a week or two, permission will probably be granted. The inquiry seems to have been poorly publicised because a lot of people have only just found out due to an animal rescue group writing to various other groups and individuals to complain that there are only about 16 submissions. But it seems that very few people were aware of this inquiry. So, please consider making a submission. Here is the website address: and inside this article I have noted some of the terms plus a link to an e-form, although emailed subs are apparently also acceptable.

Inquiry into the RSPCA Victoria

Terms of Reference

On 17 August 2015 the Legislative Council agreed to the following motion:

That, pursuant to Sessional Order 6, this House requires the Economy and Infrastructure Committee to inquire into, consider and report on, no later than 22 August 2017, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
Victoria (Inc) in relation to —

  1. the appropriateness and use of its powers pursuant to the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1986, including in the context of its other objectives and activities; 
  2. the appropriateness and use of funding provided by the Victorian Government, including in the context of its other objectives and activities; and
  3. any other consequential matters the Committee may deem appropriate.

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Kangaroo Killing Results in First Jail Sentence for Cruelty to Animals in Western Australia

Posted on by PETA Australia

Two men have been charged and one sentenced to 11 months in prison after police discovered video footage of the vicious killing of a kangaroo.

After an unrelated raid on a home near Bunbury, Western Australia, police discovered the footage on a seized computer.
In the video, Craig Jamie House and Vance Geoffrey Jarvis corner the kangaroo in a dam, throw rocks at the animal, and then strong>bash the kangaroo with crowbars before dragging the lifeless body out of the water.
House also ordered his dog to help corner the kangaroo.
Both men pleaded guilty to the ill-treatment of an animal. House – who was found to be the instigator – was given an immediate jail sentence of 11
months, while Jarvis was ordered to pay a $10,000 fine.
This kind of punishment is almost unheard of in Western Australia, and RSPCA WA CEO David van Ooran said it was the first known jail sentence imposed in the region for cruelty to animals.
“This is a very strong penalty and a very appropriate penalty”, he added. “[I]t was clearly a horrific and sickening act against a defenceless animal …. It’s excellent to see that the magistrate in this case has awarded a prison term.”
House claimed he killed the kangaroo in
order to eat the animal. As his gun licence was confiscated two years earlier, he used the crowbar instead.
“I tried to put out the ‘roo in the most humanely way I could”, he said.
Magistrate Evan Shackleton dismissed this claim, saying, “For a number of minutes, you were not behaving humanely to that kangaroo”. He added, “In my view, you were having fun tormenting that kangaroo”.

This case comes just weeks after another ground-breaking Australian cruelty case, in which Sydney store Nicholas Seafood Traders received New South
Wales’ first-ever conviction for cruelty to crustaceans.
As in the previous case, this conviction was also achieved using video evidence: a YouTube video showed that a staff member hacked the tail off a lobster and then put the animal through a band saw while still alive.

The sentence is not long enough, but at least he is going to jail.