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Greens Release Plan for a Cruelty-Free Tasmania

Cassy O'Connor MP  -  Monday, 19 April 2021

Tags: Animal Welfare, Greyhound Racing

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Animal Welfare Spokesperson

Lutruwita/Tasmania should be clean, green and cruelty-free, but over seven years under the Liberals, the welfare of animals has suffered.
The Animal Welfare Act 1993 is not strong enough to protect animals from neglect and cruelty, and the State Government subsidises cruelty in the greyhound and horseracing industries, and facilitates puppy farming.
The RSPCA has been nobbled in its inspectorate work by the Liberal Government, leaving animals suffering longer. 
The Greens’ plan for a kinder Tasmania respects the intrinsic rights of all animals by strengthening the Animal Welfare Act 1993, establishing a standalone Animal Welfare Commission, and returning welfare inspectorate responsibilities to a better-funded RSPCA.
We would end the $30 million annual subsidies for TasRacing, and provide funding to animal welfare organisations, whose mission it is to give voice, veterinary care and new homes to abandoned and harmed animals.

Currently, these organisations get no ongoing support from government, and run on the goodwill of the community.

Our plan also includes funding for animal welfare education in schools.
We also recognise cruel industries like greyhound racing and puppy farms, along with activities like rodeos and duck shooting, have no place on this island.
The Tasmanian Greens are proud to present our fully costed plan to make lutruwita/Tasmania a cruelty free state, for all creatures great and small.
You can read our plan here: