“Someone has to be an advocate for the animals and that’s what I see as my role”: Kirsty Seksel

The article below, Pet Project,  is from the Dubbo Week-ender that appeared on July 14th 2012.

Please download it here: petProjectDubboWeekender_July12

Whilst we certainly agree with the sentiment of allowing residents of aged care facilities to keep their pets, there are some alarming messages embedded in the article that those involved in companion animal advocacy and rescue will need to pay attention to.

Firstly,  printed articles like this get out to a very wide readership;  5000 copies are distributed, and then there is the e-version which will go to many readers. Rescue groups and animal welfare advocates are just not competing with this.

Kirsty Seksel (ACAC)  has managed to get herself into this article and is using it as a vehicle to send some messages that we should not under-estimate.

(If you want to know more about ACAC, read this here and here )

These are the important points from this article.

as president of the  Australian Companion Animal Council (ACAC) the nation’s peak body for the pet care industry” . Message: ..listen to us….

“…… among a range of factors ACAC is investigating in an attempt to arrest the declining level of pet ownership in Australia. According to the non-profit organisation, between 1994 and 2009 Australia experienced a 22 percent increase in human population, whilst at the same time there was a 10 per cent decrease in the number of pet dogs and 20 percent decrease in number of pet cats

Message: They are very concerned about declining owned –animal numbers. We know this; this is a drum Seksel and others have been banging for a very long time. The Vet Associations are very concerned about declining owned pet numbers. Obviously it will affect their businesses. The massive numbers of un-owned animals in pounds and shelters are not of concern to them – there is no money in pound animals. That is the whole point of the messages that Seksel is sending in this article.

Seksel (The ACAC representative on the NSW Taskforce) says that “the responsibility for many of the deaths (in pounds) can be laid at the door of people who breed dogs and cats without thinking of the consequences”.

Fine, we can agree with that, but then she goes on to say “We need to breed animals that are suitable as pets and that’s a big issue”.

Now we agree with that statement, but what she is not saying is that she is laying a path to the Breeders (……. who are members of ACAC). She is NOT saying – if you want a pet, get it from your pound or RSPCA or AWL. ( My personal view, I have no problem with responsible breeders, but let’s empty the pounds first…) READ MORE HERE

Greyhound remembrance weekend July 21 UK

This message received from UK ActionForGreyHounds: 

GREYHOUND REMEMBRANCE WEEKEND – JULY 21st & 22nd In memory of all the dogs that have suffered and died because of the greyhound racing industry – Please try to take part in this important event.

Only a week to go, so order leaflets etc. now!

Greyhound racing in the UK began on July 24th 1926 at Belle Vue Stadium in Manchester.

Every year, on the nearest Saturday and Sunday to this date, we stage Greyhound Remembrance Weekend, in memory of the hundreds of thousands of dogs that have been abused and killed by the greyhound racing industry since that day. READ MORE HERE

A restaurant conversation with Pets Paradise

Following  is an e-mail sent out by Jason Gram of Pets Paradise, 14 June 2012, to happy customers:

“A restaurant conversation, Pets Paradise.

 Hi all,

If you’re having dinner in a restaurant and the topic of your pet comes up, you may wonder what to say if some lady looks down their nose at you and says, “Oooh, I would never buy a pet from a pet shop. Lots of theirs are from puppy farms and then end up in the pound.”

Have a sip of your wine, savour it and then you can tell her the truth –

  • “Actually Jane, only 15% of dogs in Australia have come from pet stores (85% come from breeders and internet). And, as pet store advice matches pets to family conditions, there’s are less likely to end up in a pound than one sourced anywhere else.”
  • “Pets Paradise in Hornsby actually volunteer for the rehoming of rescue animals from the public, vets and animal shelters.”
  • “Pets Paradise in Hornsby has a policy Elizabeth (in writing and in the window) of never buying off puppy farms. READ MORE HERE

Comments on the members of the NSW Companion Animal Taskforce 2012

The following text is taken from the Deathrowpets submission to the NSW CA Taskforce public discussion document, June 2012. It sets out our perspectives on the stacking of the Taskforce membership with members predominantly having strong commercial vested interests in the pet industry. The document contains many links to various documents created by these organisations that should be on the public record. This submission will be made available to the public by the NSW Taskforce.

Appendix to Deathrowpets submission to NSW Companion Animal Taskforce public discussion document 2012

As part of our submission, we wish to comment on membership of the Taskforce. Membership of the Taskforce has a significant context to the findings and recommendations set out in the discussion paper.

(Underlined references below are hyperlinks to documents)

Australian Companion Animal Council (ACAC),

An industry body with strong commercial vested interests in maintaining high numbers of animals in the market; specifically established to counter the growing voice of public opinion and advocacy which seeks to stop the killing of animals in pounds and shelters; specifically established to protect the commercial interests of pet industry members; no experience whatsoever in developing strategies to increase Rehoming rates and reduce killing rates in pounds and shelters. READ MORE HERE