Help us push for improved animal welfare across Australia

While RSPCA South Australia exists specifically to prevent cruelty to animals in South Australia, we are also concerned for the welfare of animals right across the nation.

That’s why we take an active support role in national animal welfare campaigns run by RSPCA Australia (which is the federal body of the eight autonomous and independent state and territory Australian RSPCA Member Societies).

Learn how you can get involved below.

RSPCA Knowledgebase

The RSPCA Knowledgebase is your one-stop-shop for informed answers to all sorts of animal welfare questions. It explains facts behind common animal care questions and welfare problems, helping you better care for animals.

All RSPCA policies are underpinned by the science of animal welfare. The Knowledgebase shares the outcomes of our scientific studies, providing RSPCA’s view on a huge range of animal welfare issues, from puppies to cane toads and just about everything in between.

End the battery cage

Right now, more than 2 out of every 3 Australian layer hens are confined to barren battery cages. It’s a miserable existence, and it doesn’t have to be this way.

There are heaps of ways you can help get hens out of cruel battery cages, from making mindful choices about where you shop and eat out to supporting companies on our Cage Free and Proud list.

Ban whips in racing

The whipping of race horses is our most public form of violence toward animals. If horses were whipped in the same way, away from the track, it would be a prosecutable animal cruelty offence.

Yet the Rules of Racing allow jockeys to keep hitting horses. Don’t party for animal cruelty – instead, demand a move to whip-free racing.

Support Humane Food

Just as RSPCA respects the choices of people who don’t consume meat or other animal products, we also respect those individuals who do choose to do so.

But we actively encourage people who do consume meat, eggs, milk and other animal products to make a higher welfare choice. To help them do this, we push for higher welfare standards at a government, industry and producer level – and by ensuring higher welfare alternatives are readily available on the supermarket shelf.

Learn why Love is Blind

Many breeds of dog, such as Pugs, British bulldogs and French bulldogs, have exaggerated physical features, which means they can’t breathe, walk or give birth normally. Many have chronic and painful ear, skin and eye problems.

These problems prevent many dogs from having a normal and comfortable life. But these dogs don’t need to suffer, and you can help.

Save dogs in hot cars

It only takes six minutes for a dog to die in a hot car. That’s because temperatures in a car can rise to dangerous levels and rapidly reach more than double the outside temperature, even on mild days.

Each year, RSPCA sees far too many cases of dogs dying, or only narrowly escaping death, in hot cars. Take our pledge to never leave your dog unattended in a car, and learn how else you can help.

Get our Smart Pet Buyer guides

Choosing the right pet for you is fun, but takes time, planning and lots of research. You need to consider very carefully both your needs and the needs of any animal that comes into your life.

We encourage the adoption option as a first choice for every pet owner. If you do want to buy a pedigree animal, you must take steps to avoid unscrupulous puppy and kitten farmers. Our free guides teach you the warning signs and how to ensure you’re buying from a responsible breeder.

Stop cosmetic testing on animals

A whopping 85% of Australians oppose the testing of cosmetics on animals. But, despite the expectations of the community, many of the cosmetics products used by Australians every day have been tested on animals.

Our Makeover the World campaign calls on the Australian Government to introduce legislation that will ensure no cosmetics tested on animals are manufactured or sold in Australia.

RSPCA South Australia