A recent (September 28) report in The Age highlighted a local case of extreme animal cruelty that the RSPCA is investigating in Melbourne’s CBD.
A dog was stuffed into a suitcase and dumped in a garbage room of an apartment tower. This dog has been abused over a long period and ultimately met a violent and horrific death.
The RSPCA statistics also show Melbourne council area to have the third highest number of cruelty complaints, despite having relatively fewer domestic animals than comparable councils.
This shows the need for leadership from town hall. Melbourne’s council plan for the next period must include greater provision for animal welfare. It is not just a city for people, but for animals as well. We need greater education provided to our resident population, which includes a greater number of people with limited time in residence. We also need more people to speak up when they see animals at risk and assistance provided for animals when people are sometimes forced to emigrate or leave the municipality.
As well as the RSPCA inquiry, the police in Melbourne can be more effective in their response to animal cruelty cases, which they are entitled to follow up, as well as council rangers, with delegated powers under the Prevention of Cruelty To Animals act.
The Animal Justice Party is running for council on behalf of the animals of Melbourne, on a platform of improved companion animal management, an end to horse-drawn carriages on city streets and fairer rates for residents and business.
Bruce Poon, Victorian Convenor of the Animal Justice Party
15 Exploration Lane, Melbourne