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RSPCA's conflict of interest

  • By: Farm Tender "Prime"
  • Aug 25, 2017

Questions hang over the decision today by RSPCA Victoria to renounce its activist campaigns including attacks against the farm sector, with the group still to hold a seat on the board of its parent organisation RSPCA Australia.

The Victorian Farmers Federation has called on RSPCA Victoria to commit fully to its pledge to cease campaigning by using its influence to petition RSPCA Australia to follow suit.

“RSPCA Victoria has made a clear commitment to stop campaigning, but unless it washes itself of any connection to activism at both state and national levels, the perception will be that it is just a wolf in sheep’s clothing, masking its campaigns behind the activities of a powerful national body,” VFF President David Jochinke said.

“There is a clear conflict of interest when RSPCA Victoria has a memorandum of understanding with the State Government to regulate animal welfare laws for farms while RSPCA Australia is actively campaigning against farming practices.”

The push comes after an upper house inquiry into RSPCA Victoria’s practices yesterday found the animal welfare group needed to improve community engagement and transparency around its...
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