The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2021-04-14T12:47:50Z GREYHOUND RACING - WA 2021-04-14T12:47:50Z greyhound-racing-wa Dog lovers from across Perth are expected to protest against greyhound racing outside the Cannington racetrack on Saturday. The peaceful protest, organised by local greyhound advocacy group Free the Hounds, is the second protest in four months. More than 75 people and a dozen pet greyhounds dedicated their New Year’s Eve to the cause, displaying creative anti-racing signs and temporary crosses to represent the greyhounds who lost their lives within the racing industry in the year prior. Free the Hounds has been actively campaigning for an end to greyhound racing in WA since 2015. “Our position is greyhound racing is outdated, inhumane and unsustainable,” said Free the Hounds President, Alanna Christiansen. Racing and Wagering WA’s most recent annual report shows 101 greyhounds in the WA racing industry died in the 2019-20 financial year*, including eight who died right at the track. The report also shows a total of 855 injuries were sustained on WA tracks during this period including fractured bones. This represents a 10% increase in injuries from the previous year. “The rate and severity of these injuries are specific to racing and so the only way to eliminate the risk is to ban greyhound racing altogether. These injuries can cause extreme pain and discomfort to the dog, treatment can involve major surgery and a lengthy rehabilitation, and there are often long-term health implications. Some dogs continue to be euthanised due to the severity of their injuries or die under anaesthetic during surgery to fix them. “These dogs deserve so much better than this, and gambling revenue should never be a justification for this suffering,” said Ms Christiansen. Greyhound racing is already banned in the ACT and Free the Hounds believes WA will be the next jurisdiction to outlaw the practice. “The popularity of greyhound racing in Australia has been steadily declining – and even more so here in WA. There are just three tracks in WA and attendance is low. With animal welfare becoming a higher priority for more and more members of the community, now is the time to ban this barbaric industry,” said Ms Christiansen. It is clear from Free the Hounds’ community outreach activities that greyhound racing has lost its social licence and the wider WA community supports an end to greyhound racing. A petition opposing greyhound racing, signed in person by more than 10,000 West Australians will be tabled in WA Parliament in coming weeks.  VETSHOPAUSTRALIA & DOGZONLINE HAVE THE CURE FOR PUPPY FEVER. 2021-02-19T06:21:09Z vetshopaustralia-amp-dogzonline-have-the-cure-for-puppy-fever VetShopAustralia, the most awarded online pet product retailer in Australia and DogzOnline, Australia’s leading pure breed dog community, are proud to announce a new partnership to provide those looking to add a new purebred member to their household a great source of information and products to raise your new family member.   The demand for pure bred puppies has sky rocketed in the last 12 months, but getting the right puppy and looking after it properly,  is no easy feat. According to one recent study*, in Australia the estimated market demand for puppies, was  400,000 puppies per year, a but almost all of them don’t come from registered breeders. For example, in 2018, only a little over 69,000 of those  puppies were recorded as coming from registered dog breeders. This means the remainder of puppies to reach this demand result from either unintentional breeding (accidents) or by unregistered breeders. This is where DogzOnline come in.  The demand for puppies and in particular purebred puppies sky rocketed during Covid, with reports of pure breed puppies costing $10,000, $15,000 or even more! So it’s never been more important for pet owners to get the right advice on where to find that perfect purebred pup. DogzOnline is a pure breed dog community created in 1998 for the sole purpose of promoting the pure-bred pedigree dog. You won't find any cavoodle, spoodle, labradoodle, puggle, spanador, pugalier or other designer dog puppies here. DogzOnline not only has puppy listings, it provides a community for purebred owners containing breeder listings, dog pedigrees, classifieds, forums, pointscore competitions and more! After you have welcomed your new dog into your home the DogzOnline events page features info for upcoming dog shows, dog owner meets, and competitions. If you are still unsure about entering into competitions you can read up on all you need to know about different dog breeds on the DogzOnline Dog Breed Index, which  provides resources for the breeds recognised in Australia by the Australian National Kennel Club. Once you’ve got your bundle of joy home of course, there is so much to do (and so much to buy!) for your new pet. DogzOnline is therefore collaborating with, Australia’s oldest, largest and most awarded online pet health products retailer. has been proudly serving Australian pet owners since 1999. With its head office and distribution centre located in Forest Glen, on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, VetShopAustralia stocks a huge range of over 7000 pet-related products; including international brand name animal health products such as Simparica, Revolution, and Royal Canin. The vets and vet nurses at VetShopAustralia have specialist knowledge on the needs of pure breed dogs, and stock products like Royal Canin Breed Nutrition catered to specific breed needs as well an abundance of puppy food and parasite preventatives. The understanding of the special relationship between pets and their owners is something deeply understood by both businesses. The mutually beneficial partnership firstly allows new pet owners access to reliable and affordable vet-approved products and secondly provides those looking for a new pure-bred dog valuable information and listings. For more information visit For affordable and vet-approved products visit *ANKC Ltd National Animal Registration Analysis 2010–2019. 2019 Available online: Don't worry, be greedy 2021-02-09T00:07:12Z dont-worry-be-greedy Dear Editor, The Deputy Prime Minister has said that the government will consider excluding agriculture from future long-term climate change targets. That makes about as much sense as smoking during cancer treatment. As the government struggles to reach our modest Paris target of 26-28 percent below 2005 emissions by 2030, it’s clear that animal agriculture is a huge part of the problem. According to the International Journal of Climate Change, animal agriculture is the largest contributor to greenhouse gases in Australia – 50 percent of emissions come from the livestock sector. Globally, emissions from agriculture alone would be enough to put the Paris goals out of reach, even if all the other major sources of emissions were closed down. Stopping the breeding, feeding and killing of animals is the quickest and easiest way to reduce greenhouse emissions. To exclude one of the worst climate offenders, one that causes horrendous suffering to its victims, is grossly negligent politics. Mr McCormack says he is "certainly not worried about what might happen in 30 years' time." How nice for him; our kids and grandkids certainly are. Desmond Bellamy Special Projects Coordinator PETA Australia PO Box 2352 Byron Bay NSW 2481 0411 577 416 Grasping at seaweed 2021-01-28T14:35:22Z grasping-at-seaweed Dear Editor, The dairy industry, drowning under public scrutiny of its woeful animal welfare record and environmental destructiveness, is no longer clutching at straws, but instead is grasping seaweed. Dairy Australia, the industry’s propaganda arm, is paying for advertorials about the wonders of feeding cows red algae, or Asparagopsis, in order to reduce the obscene amount of the very potent greenhouse gas methane, which is released in their belches and farts. Their no doubt conservative estimate is that this makes up 57% of farm emissions. MLA and others are saying that “If 10% of the livestock producers added 1.0% of Asparagopsis Seaweed Meal to the daily feed intake of ruminant livestock, it is like removing 100 million cars off the road.” What that figure shows is the extent of the problem caused by this industry, which survives by tearing babies from their mothers and selling the milk excreted for them to make products that we know are terrible for the health of the human consumer. If ten percent of “livestock” producers could easily remove greenhouse gases equivalent to 100 million cars, imagine what closing down this cruel and toxic industry could achieve! Desmond Bellamy Special Projects Coordinator PETA Australia PO Box 2352 Byron Bay NSW 2481 0411 577 416 Vaccine priorities 2021-01-26T01:45:04Z vaccine-priorities Dear Editor, I am turning 69 soon, so I am not used to being told I am too young for - anything much. But according to the government’s rollout plan, I will be too young for the Phase 1 vaccine, which will be mostly the Pfizer dose, and will have to wait for Phase 2, which may be the less effective AstraZeneca jab. Who’s getting Phase 1? Quarantine, healthcare, aged care and disability workers – quite right! Indigenous people over 55 and others over 70. Fine. High-risk workers – police, fire, defence and emergency services – yes, and give them a medal too. And meat processing workers – wait, what? Killing animals is miserable, dangerous and poorly paid work in settings ideal for contagion, but it is certainly not an essential industry. The result of shutting down slaughterhouses and retraining the workers would be reduced pollution, improved public health and the end to the terror and agony of millions of animals every day. And because we know that around 75% of recently emerging infectious diseases affecting humans are transmitted from other species, and factory farms and slaughterhouses are ideal environments for propagation of new strains, we might just avoid unleashing the next pandemic too. Desmond Bellamy Special Projects Coordinator PETA Australia PO Box 2352 Byron Bay NSW 2481 0411 577 416 MELBOURNE’S ONLY PET CEMETERY at WOOLING HILL MEMORIAL ESTATE 2021-01-22T04:28:35Z 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 2021-01-11T13:31:37Z 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 2021-01-06T07:16:35Z 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 2021-01-04T06:23:10Z 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 2020-12-21T11:45:36Z 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 2020-12-15T22:06:05Z 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 2020-12-02T21:53:59Z 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”) 2020-12-01T04:38:07Z 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 2020-11-30T03:34:38Z 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 2020-11-22T23:33:23Z 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.