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RSPCA calling for funding to address harm against animals in the Broome and West Kimberley regions

Harm against animals in the Broome and West Kimberley region has prompted the RSPCA to call for $3.6 million to fix the problem.

RSPCA chief inspector Amanda Swift said locals from Broome to Derby are reporting one serious case of animal harm a week and reporting animal neglect on a regular basis. Ms Swift said the RSPCA began hearing of the serious and growing problem two years ago. The charity is calling for $900,000 a year for four years to fund two RSPCA inspectors in the region, as well as an education officer and Aboriginal community liaison officer.

Chief executive David van Ooran said education was key to changing attitudes about cruelty. He said the proposal was put to the State Government yesterday and funding was also sought from local government and industry. The RSPCA already receives $500,000 a year from government — about five per cent of the charity’s budget. Maintaining its existing inspectorate of 11 inspectors costs $2.8 million a year, and enforcing the Animal Welfare Act costs $3 million in total.

Source: Perth Now

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Last updated: 19 March 2014
 
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