The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2021-01-22T03:28:35Z MELBOURNE’S ONLY PET CEMETERY at WOOLING HILL MEMORIAL ESTATE 2021-01-22T03:28:35Z melbourne-s-only-pet-cemetery-at-wooling-hill-memorial-estate Anybody that has experienced a unique bond with a pet can tell you what heartbreak is when they suddenly pass away.   Pets enrich our lives in ways that afford us unconditional love and a greater quality of life.  Wooling Hill Memorial Estate in New Gisborne understands the impact of losing a pet and the importance of honouring the unique gift of companionship that our furry families bestow upon us in life. A special nook at Wooling Hill Memorial Estate is dedicated to keeping these lives in the Field of Companions.  Owner Troy Upfield, also the founder of Chapter House Funerals has seen first hand how important pets are to families. Troy said "we have had many viewings and funeral services where pets have become part of the service. It only makes sense that when the pet dies, families would like to say goodbye in their grief and have an everlasting memorial as well'.  Field of Companions is a pet "cemetery" in Victoria that offers pet owners a place to inter the cremated ashes of their pets with a commemorative bronze plaque, set amongst the tranquil botanical gardens at Wooling Hill Memorial Estate. and Free speech should be free 2021-01-11T12:31:37Z free-speech-should-be-free Dear Editor, Great to see the Deputy Prime Minister declaring his fervent support for freedom of speech, following the Twitter bans in the USA. We wait with bated breath for his announcement that he will now fight to repeal all the “ag-gag” laws that the Federal and State governments have been enacting, the purpose of which is to deny free speech to those seeking to expose extreme examples of animal cruelty, neglect and violations of animal protection laws on Australian farms. If we are one and free, let’s also be consistent and caring. Desmond Bellamy Special Projects Coordinator PETA Australia PO Box 2352 Byron Bay NSW 2481 0411 577 416 2020 Older Pet Survey Results Show Needs Unmet 2021-01-06T06:16:35Z 2020-older-pet-survey-results-show-needs-unmet The results of the first annual survey of the needs of Australia’s senior dogs and cats  by the Older Pet Alliance have now been released. Read more..... Iso, Sunshine, Zoom and Dreamer - dog names predicted to take off in 2021 2021-01-04T05:23:10Z iso-sunshine-zoom-and-dreamer-dog-names-predicted-to-take-off-in-2021 With the Coronavirus pandemic and the increase in demand for highly personalised pet care services, the team at Pawshake predicts that 2021 will result in pet parents choosing unique names that reflect and inspire hope: Arrow Buttercup Captain  Dreamer Storm Halo Hero Hope Iso Rona Sunshine Zoom 2020 has resulted in the largest number of pet adoptions across Australia. Over the last 8 months, many pet rescue organisations reported a record number of adoptions and several instances where their kennels have been completely empty. Bella, Luna, Charlie and Max continue to be four of the most popular Australian dog names in 2020. According to over 250,000 dog profiles on the Pawshake platform, those four names consistently make the top 10 list each year. They are followed closely by Rosie, Molly, Alfie and Oscar. Pawshake CEO Tanguy Peers is not surprised, “with an increase in the humanisation of pets, it’s not unusual to see human names gaining popularity with pet parents. In fact, all the male and female dog names on our top 10 most popular list this year are all human names.” “Especially during difficult times, people have a stronger desire to connect with their pets more than ever.” According to recent research from Pawshake, 97% say owning a pet has helped them through tough times. Additionally, 68% of participants confirmed that they spent more time with their pet in 2020 than in previous years.  This has led to the increase in the number of bespoke dog experiences Pawshake pet sitters are offering as part of their services. “We have seen a wave of more personalised pet sitting experiences,” Tanguy confirms. “From home organic home cooked meals to doggy spa days, doggy birthday parties and bush walking adventures. Dog parents are now spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing a carer for their mate.” 2020 was also a record year for unique pet names on Pawshake. With 21% of all the registered dog names on Pawshake being one of a kind. Many were inspired by food and fictional characters. If you are looking for a special name, here are Pawshake’s top 10 most unique dog names: Food Inspired Dog Names Baguette Blueberry Cheddar Hotpot Lambchop Lamington Merlot Omelette Pistachio Satay Fictional Character Inspired Dog Names Alexis Rose Batman Elsa Moira Rose Mr Meowgi Murphy Brown Obiwan Olaf Snoopy Tigger Top 10 female pet names Bella Molly Ruby Luna Coco Daisy Lucy Rosie Lola Millie Top 10 male pet names Charlie Max Buddy Oscar Archie Ollie Milo Toby Leo Alfie While it may seem exciting to give your dog a name that is just as special as them, it’s also important to consider how it will sound out loud - especially for dogs. Names that are too long or hard to pronounce can cause confusion with your dog and for anyone who may be looking after them! According to Tanguy, “gone are the days of a simple walk around the block. 2020 proved that it was all about the unique names and pet care experiences. And we expect this trend to continue to grow in 2021.” Pawshake has had a significant uptick in new pet registrations on the platform in 2020. It looks forward to supporting Aussie pet owners with plenty of flexible care options for their precious pets in 2021. With more than 20,000 Pawshake sitters in Australia, many available at a moment’s notice, pet owners no longer need to worry about their pet feeling stressed when they aren’t at home. For more information, visit Facebook, Instagram Pawshake analysed over 250,000 Australian pet profiles from it’s website database. For additional quotes, high res imagery or to arrange an interview with a Pawshake spokesperson, please contact or About Pawshake Pawshake is a trusted community of pet lovers. Pet owners can find vetted pet sitters, dog walkers, doggy daycare or home boarding solutions through the Pawshake website or app. Rates start at $20/night and include veterinary coverage, customer support 7 days a week, and daily updates. Pawshake was co-founded in 2013 by Tanguy Peers, a former eBay executive who is passionate about making a difference to the lives of people and their pets. Since launching in Australia in 2014, Pawshake has built a reputation for connecting pet owners with trusted and vetted pet sitters and now, more than 20,000 Australians are offering their services as pet sitters on Pawshake. Pawshake is backed by AirTree Ventures, the leading Australian venture capital fund. Death traps for dogs 2020-12-21T10:45:36Z death-traps-for-dogs Dear Editor, As temperatures soar all over the country, please remember that dogs should never be left in parked vehicles, which can become death traps in a matter of minutes. Even on a mild, 22 degree day, the temperature inside a car parked in the shade can soar to 47 degrees in minutes. Leaving the windows open will not keep animals comfortable or safe. With only hot air to breathe, dogs can succumb to heatstroke in as little as 15 minutes, resulting in brain damage or death. Symptoms include restlessness, excessive thirst, heavy panting, lethargy, diarrhoea and vomiting, and even seizures. Please, when it’s warm outside, leave animals at home. If you see a dog left in a car, have the car's owner paged at nearby shops or call 000 immediately—the dog’s life depends on it. Desmond Bellamy Special Projects Coordinator PETA Australia PO Box 2352 Byron Bay NSW 2481 0411 577 416 Throwing cold water on lobster sales 2020-12-15T21:06:05Z throwing-cold-water-on-lobster-sales Dear Editor, Lobsters have been suffering in crates on Australian docks—the unwilling victims of a trade war with China. Vested interests have presented this cruelty as an opportunity for Australians to buy lobsters cheaply, but we should really view this trade breakdown as motivation to eliminate an appallingly cruel business. Researchers tell us that lobsters are amazingly smart animals who use complicated signals to explore their surroundings and establish social relationships. They have been shown to experience stress when confined in tanks, and to suffer agony, as any animal would, when cut up or thrown alive into boiling water. Invertebrate zoologists tell us that lobsters may feel more pain than other animals, since their nervous system does not go into shock if they are harmed. When dropped into scalding water, lobsters whip their bodies wildly and scrape the sides of the pot in a desperate attempt to escape. A judge recognised lobster sentience in a ground-breaking Sydney case, in which Nicholas Seafood pleaded guilty to cruelty-to-animals charges after a video showed a staff member butchering a suffering lobster. 500 years ago, Leonardo da Vinci wrote, “How cruel for one whose natural habitat is water to be made to die in boiling water.” Ninety-nine percent of Australians agree that unnecessary cruelty is wrong, so let’s just leave the lobsters in the ocean, where they belong. Desmond Bellamy Special Projects Coordinator PETA Australia PO Box 2352 Byron Bay NSW 2481 0411 577 416 Meating the future 2020-12-02T20:53:59Z meating-the-future Dear Editor, 2020, the year of fires and pandemics, has not offered us a lot of good news stories. But here’s one: Aussie Olympian swimmer Matthew Dunn and his dad Steven have opened an eleven million dollar business called Proform Foods that will manufacture some 5,000 tonnes of plant-based meat each year. The global meat-free meat market is expected to be worth over five billion dollars this year and to grow by almost twenty percent each year thereafter, reaching eighteen billion in seven years. The huge growth is driven by consumer awareness of the cruelty, health issues and environmental impact of consuming animal flesh. Nick Hazell, founder of another Aussie plant-based meat business v2food, suggests that Australia could be a world leader in this industry. This is not just great news for Australian business. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, more than 75% of emerging diseases originate in animals. On factory farms, animals suffer short, brutal lives, crammed together in unnatural situations, increasing the risk of human diseases emerging. Eating plant-based foods therefore makes sense for our health, the environment, and of course alleviates enormous suffering for animals. Desmond Bellamy Special Projects Coordinator PETA Australia PO Box 2352 Byron Bay NSW 2481 0411 577 416 Flick Anticimex strengthen its position in the Townsville area through the acquisition of Tactic Pest Control (“Tactic”) 2020-12-01T03:38:07Z flick-anticimex-strengthen-its-position-in-the-townsville-area-through-the-acquisition-of-tactic-pest-control-tactic Flick Anticimex closes its second acquisition in Queensland for the year and secures its market leader position in the Townsville area. The acquisition of Tactic strengthens the local operations especially within the termite and residential services. Tactic was established in 2003 by George and Sandra Bell and will contribute with a strong presence in the area and support a geographical expansion of the Flick services as they have been servicing the city of Townsville, Magnetic Island, Charters Towers, Ayr and Ingham. George Bell, Owner of Tactic commented: “Joining Flick Anticimex represents for us a great opportunity. Being part of Flick Anticimex, profiting from their international experience as part of Anticimex Group, will allow us to further improve the quality level of our services by developing our alternative and preventive SMART pest control solutions. Also, I am pleased to offer to our present and future employees new possibilities offered to us being part of this growing global organization. I am very proud of the results that our family owned company has achieved, thanks to our team. Dallas Hall, Regional General Manager – West Region, Flick Anticimex commented: “I am very happy and enthusiastic about this transaction as Tactic is a renowned and well-run business in the Townsville area. We are all looking forward to working together with George and his Team as their culture of excellence toward employees and clients align naturally with the way we do things at Flick. Combining our decades of experience with the latest technological innovations will result in an even better customer service experience.” For more information, please contact: George Bell, Owner, Tactic Pest Control, Phone +61 409 276 775, Email   Dallas Hall, Regional General Manager – West Region, Flick Anticimex   Phone +61 428 118 056, Email About Anticimex Anticimex Group is the modern pest control company. Through prevention, new technology and sustainable solutions, we meet the new demands for healthy environments, for both individuals and businesses. Anticimex employs around 7 100 people, serving more than 3 million customers in 19 markets worldwide. Total revenue in 2019 amounted to approximately AUD 1.5 billion. Read more at & JUSTICE FOR HARRY: GREYHOUND COMMUNITY CALL ON COUNCIL TO ACT AFTER GREYHOUND DEATH 2020-11-30T02:34:38Z justice-for-harry-greyhound-community-call-on-council-to-act-after-greyhound-death The Greyhound Adoptions WA (GAWA) team and wider greyhound community were left in shock after one of our dedicated committee members lost her big gentle greyhound Harry after a vicious and unprovoked dog attack near her home in Safety Bay. On Tuesday 29th September, Harry and his bonded mate Bongo were on a routine walk with their owner when a loose dog that freed itself from its walkers grip cornered Harry & Bongo and their owner in an alleyway and attacked Harry. Harry was severely injured and was rushed to Baldivis Emergency Vets where everything was done to save his life. Harry died the following day. Despite the seriousness of this attack, the City of Rockingham have failed to act. No fines have been issued or efforts to declare this dog as dangerous. Harry’s owners have urged the council to take action to ensure this dog does not attack and kill again. A dog that can attack & kill an innocent dog like this should be muzzled in public and extra controls should be in place to protect the community. We would like to see the Dog Act 1976 enforced and taken seriously by the City of Rockingham. Failing to act against irresponsible dog owners will only result in more attacks and tragic outcomes for families. If penalties are not handed down for attacks, dog owners will be less inclined to take precautions with aggressive dogs if they know there are little consequences should anything go wrong. Greyhounds in particular are vulnerable to serious injury as they have thin skin that can easily tear and cause open wounds. They, and other vulnerable dogs need protection from authorities. It is disappointing to see so much disparity across local governments when it comes to enforcing the Dog Act 1976. We’d like to see greater consistency. We’d also like to see dog owners to take greater responsibility and use a muzzle in public when required. Just like greyhound owners do. Comments may be attributed to Toni Donnelly. Pet Parlour – Australia’s First Cryptocurrency and AfterPay Pet Shop Launches 2020-11-22T22:33:23Z pet-parlour-australia-s-first-cryptocurrency-and-afterpay-pet-shop-launches November has seen the launch of online pet shop Pet Parlour into the Australian market. Pet Parlour aims to deliver high quality pet products fast to Australian consumers. Pet Parlour are the first Australian pet shop to accept cryptocurrency utilising a partnership with Coinbase. Customers can pay using Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Dai, Ethereum or Litecoin for no extra cost. Customers also have the option of paying via Visa, Mastercard, PayPal or Afterpay. Tom Sadler, Founder of Pet Parlour referred to the comprehensive nature of Pet Parlour’s payment offerings; “Our approach is unique in the Australian market. We wanted to offer our customers every possible payment solution. By offering multiple payment options we are aiming for a frictionless customer experience.” Products include dog food from Royal Canin, Ivory Coat, Purina and Hypro Premium. Pet Parlour have launched their own branded products under the name Fur King, currently looking to partner with a dog charity. For every Fur King product sold Pet Parlour will donate $1 to the selected charity. If you know a dog charity that is in need of a boost, please contact Pet Parlour. The Pet Parlour website can be viewed here: Notes to Editors Interviews and high-resolution imagery available upon request. For more information, please contact: Tom Sadler - Owner +61 420 498 792 About Pet Parlour Pet Parlour is an online pet shop servicing Australian pet owners. Don't have a pig 2020-11-19T23:45:03Z dont-have-a-pig Dear Editor, It’s easy to forget (since we can’t go overseas) that we live in a different hemisphere and climate zone to many of the shows we watch on TV. While the northerners shiver in Arctic conditions for Christmas, we try to escape heatwaves. So why blindly follow foreign eating habits? Ham, the flesh of the pig, is still promoted as a Christmas food, despite the fact that it is apparently an ancient pagan ritual – a sacrifice to the Norse god Freyr, associated with harvest and phallic fertility. Too hot here for any of that in December! Pigs are friendly, loyal, and intelligent animals. But ninety percent of pigs in Australia are kept on factory farms, where they spend their entire lives in cramped, filthy warehouses suffering intensive confinement, the mothers in gestation and farrowing crates, where they can hardly move. Their babies are forced onto trucks at just six months of age and sent for slaughter. Video footage from the gas chambers used to stun them shows pigs screaming and writhing in pain as they suffocate. If that’s not bad enough, the majority of ham and bacon in this country is imported, from countries where the welfare and hygiene conditions are usually even worse. This is supposed to be the season of peace on earth, not torture in a cage. For a truly compassionate Christmas dinner, skip the pork aisle and check out “The Ultimate Vegan Christmas Cooking Guide” on the website Desmond Bellamy Special Projects Coordinator PETA Australia PO Box 2352 Byron Bay NSW 2481 0411 577 416 Online Pet Supplies Business Celebrates 21 Years 2020-11-16T01:53:46Z online-pet-supplies-business-celebrates-21-years The year was 1999. The world was worried about Y2K, eBay had just launched in Australia and brothers Mark and Steven Perissinotto were preparing to launch Australia’s first online pet supplies business. Now twenty-one years and over 2.6 million orders later, VetShop Australia will celebrate almost 150 dog years of business on the 17th of November 2020. Like many great businesses, Steven says it all started over the table at a big family gathering. “We came up with the idea over lunch and were able to launch VetShop Australia three months later,” Mr.Perissinotto said. The brothers saw the huge opportunity the internet provided, and started the business part-time out of the back of veterinarian Mark’s Nambour clinic. “We were working fifty hours a week at our original jobs and then putting in another twenty hours with the new business to be receiving ten orders per day,” Mark Perissinotto said. “Success certainly didn’t come to us overnight and as I’m fond of saying, running your own business is ninety percent perspiration, ten percent inspiration” said Steven. The breakthrough came in 2001 when, recognising high levels of interest from US buyers, the international website changed its currency to US dollars and sales instantly grew around 10-12% month-on-month between 2001-2006. This success enabled Mark to leave his veterinary practice in 2005, and saw Steven leave law in 2007, allowing them to concentrate on the business full time. In 2009, the business moved from Image Flat to a larger site at Forest Glen where it remains today, shipping orders to over 1.1 million customers in over 70 countries. 2020 saw the successful launch of the #MoreThanPets campaign, showcasing the incredible bond between owners and pets, and the release of the results from the Ultimate State of Pet Care survey where over 50% of respondents said their pet was their best friend. VetShop Australia is also the major sponsor of the Surfing Dog Championships, held as part of the Noosa Festival of Surfing, which in 2021 will celebrate its tenth anniversary. Perfect Start Challenge: An interactive quiz to enhance pet parenting 2020-11-16T00:07:38Z perfect-start-challenge-an-interactive-quiz-to-enhance-pet-parenting This quiz was developed, by digital growth consultancy - alphawhale, who aimed to humanise the experience of educating Pet Parents on essential information in an engaging manner. Doing the best to care for our pets is more important than ever, with a significant influx of ownership during the COVID-19 pandemic. ROYAL CANIN® - Perfect Start Challenge, both puppy and kitten, involves a series of multiple-choice questions, informing participants on unique needs and developmental stages of a pet’s health. A Nielsen study found only 25% of all first purchased food for kittens is kitten food, and 40% of puppy food is for puppies. The quiz is available for a limited time, in conjunction with the offer of Double Brand Cash on selected ROYAL CANIN® premium food purchases, saving 30% on a future shop. Pet Parents can also book a free initial health check for their puppy or kitten at PETstock Vet where they can collect a 50% off voucher for their first purchase of ROYAL CANIN® Early Lifestage products, exclusive to PETstock Vet. Players can test their pet knowledge on PETstock’s website and selected social media channels. Their scores can also be shared with friends, allowing the option to compare results and learnings. Director of alphawhale, Nick Montagu, expressed the aim to “create an experience that invited people to learn and share this with others. We believed that overwhelmingly, pet owners want to do the right thing. If more people were aware of the problem, they would naturally make better choices. To work with two major brands who care deeply about animal health and welfare is an amazing opportunity”. Dion Collard, Head of Marketing Operations and Communications at PETstock, supported this statement mentioning that "feeding the incorrect diet can lead to debilitating health issues throughout their life. That’s why we’ve created the ROYAL CANIN® Perfect Start Challenge to educate new pet owners and prevent costly issues down the track". To find out more information and take the ROYAL CANIN® - Perfect Start Challenge, visit the PETstock website for both the puppy and kitten quizzes. Hitting horses is abhorrent 2020-10-26T19:58:02Z hitting-horses-is-abhorrent The Editor, Dear Editor, The scenes of Friday’s anti-lockdown protests with police on horseback in the middle of angry crowds, was upsetting to see. The people who hit horses in the face with flagpoles should unquestionably be prosecuted for animal cruelty, but horses have nothing to do with human conflicts and should never have been there in the first place. Watching horses flinch from a stick felt like a prescient reminder of Melbourne’s next public holiday: the Melbourne Cup Carnival. In this grotesque event, sensitive horses –who can feel a fly land on their skin—are repeatedly whipped to run faster. Juvenile horses are forced on the tracks, despite their skeletons not being developed for such exhausting work. Horses are fed a cocktail of drugs to run through their injuries and push their exhausted bodies to the finish line. As a result, many horses are injured—and die—on the track. In the last racing year, 116 horses died on Australian racetracks, as a result of injured limbs and broken bones. Horses forced to race can also suffer from stomach ulcers and bleed from the lungs. Unlike the scenes we witnessed at the Shrine, all of that abuse is entirely legal. Let’s show that we care for all horses—none of whom asked to be involved in human violence. We can say “Nup to the Cup” and instead choose peaceful pursuits on November 2’s public holiday. Mimi Bekhechi Campaigns Strategist People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals PO Box 20308 World Square Sydney, NSW, 2002 (08) 8556-5828 Risking kids' health to prop up a dying industry 2020-10-18T06:59:55Z risking-kids-health-to-prop-up-a-dying-industry Dear Editor, When I was at school, back in the sixties, we were given little bottles of cows’ milk every day. By the time recess came around, they were warm and probably swarming with bacterial infections, but we were told they were good for us. Good for the dairy industry, more likely. The program was ended in 1973, after the Coombs report stated that it could not be justified on nutritional grounds. Now Dairy Australia and their lobby group Dairy Connect want to bring the program back into schools. Studies have shown that the industry believes they can hook children on their product and make them lifelong consumers, despite being aware that large sections of the population are lactose intolerant, which may involve symptoms of abdominal pain, diarrhoea and vomiting. This proposition is the act of a desperate business. Sales of milk are plummeting and dairy farms closing down; of the 22,000 dairy farms in Australia in the 1980s, there are now fewer than 6,000 remaining. People are realising the cruelty involved in repeatedly forcibly impregnating cows, only to rip the calves away from their distraught mother within hours of birth, the boys slaughtered for veal and the girls conscripted to replace their mothers, who are ‘spent’ and butchered for hamburgers, while still barely grown. Do we want to risk our children’s health to prop up a dying industry? What’s next – free cigarettes to support the tobacco industry? Desmond Bellamy Special Projects Coordinator PETA Australia PO Box 2352 Byron Bay NSW 2481 0411 577 416