RSPCA WA has, responded to WA Farmers chief executive officer Trevor Whittington comments that RSPCA should essentially confine itself to dogs and cat shelters stating that this is a simplistic, misinformed and short-sighted view. Mr Whittington seemingly didnt know or forgot that RSPCA WA inspectors conducted more than 6800 animal cruelty in the last financial year alone.
More importantly, the RSPCA points out that Mr Whittington should spend more time listening to the consumers of agriculture - the large majority of whom reside in cities.
Just as a consumer can trust that a restaurant is clean because health inspectors have the ability to inspect a premises unannounced, they should be able to trust that their food is produced under good animal welfare conditions because experienced, knowledgeable and professional animal welfare inspectors have been able to ensure minimum welfare standards are consistently being met.
The RSPCA WA concluded: "When the CEO of their own industry association holds such archaic and outdated views on animal welfare, what chance do they have of convincing their most influential critic, their customers, otherwise?"