The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2020-09-15T05:01:43Z Pet experts warn: check your pet daily for paralysis ticks 2020-09-15T05:01:43Z pet-experts-warn-check-your-pet-daily-for-paralysis-ticks Pet owners are being urged to check their pet’s fur daily as paralysis tick season begins.   The paralysis tick (Ixodes holocyclus) is a small parasite that feeds on the blood of native animals, such as possums. The tick can also bite dogs and cats, which do not have immunity to the tick. When the tick bites a pet, it releases a neurotoxin that can cause paralysis and eventual death.  Fortunately, vets can administer a treatment serum once a paralysis tick bite has been positively identified, but the effect of the serum can slow down while symptoms worsen.  It’s therefore essential to take your pet to the vet immediately if you suspect they have been bitten.  Pawshake, often described as the Airbnb for pet sitting, is urging Aussie pet owners to start checking their pet’s fur daily. If a dog walker or pet sitter is involved, they should also keep a close eye out for ticks.  ‘You may not even see a tick once your pet displays symptoms, as it may have dropped off after biting’ says Tanguy Peers, co-founder of Pawshake, ‘this is why it is so important to be diligent in checking your pet’s fur around their legs, belly, ears, chin, torso and tail.’ ‘It’s a good idea to speak to your vet and discuss the various tick treatments on the market. And always clear up long grass and plant clippings from around the house.’ The paralysis tick is most active from spring through to summer and is most common in humid conditions on the east coast. The tick can be found in grassy environments and bushland, including in suburban backyards and parks.   Paralysis tick symptoms are similar between cats and dogs. The vet should be called if any of the following symptoms are spotted. Cats can appear lethargic and wheezy, with a little gasp at the end of their breath. They also might meow more than usual, or their meow might sound different. Dogs can appear quieter than normal or lethargic.  They can suffer from difficulty swallowing or having an unusual sounding bark, which is caused by the setting in of paralysis around the throat. They can also suffer from coughing, vomiting, retching, gagging, swelling or loss of coordination. If you do spot a tick and it is yellow or grey with long legs (or if you find any tick you are unsure about), don’t try to remove the tick or as this might make it release more toxins.  Instead, call the vet immediately and await their instructions.  For further information or quotes, please contact  Pawshake Marketing Manager: jessica@pawshake.com https://www.pawshake.com.au/   No place for police horses 2020-09-15T00:24:04Z no-place-for-police-horses Dear Editor, The ugly scenes of confrontations between police and protesters at the Queen Victoria Markets on the weekend were bad enough. But right in the middle of the shouting mob were a team of police horses, with placards and hands being waved in their faces, their sensitive ears assailed by the shouts and screams of the protestors. Horses and other animals shouldn’t fight our battles for us. They are innocent of the conflict and do not need to be brought into it. Horses are extremely sensitive and have to undergo rigorous training to decondition themselves not to flee, a natural instinct for a prey species, when there is noise, confusion, and so on. Animals don’t start riots, and unlike human officers, they have not volunteered to be placed in these violent and stressful situations. In light of the dangers posed to horses and humans, the use of horses in riot control is clearly not the best method of approach, and should be discontinued immediately. Mimi Bekhechi Campaigns Strategist People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals PO Box 20308 World Square Sydney, NSW, 2002 (08) 8556-5828 Special dish 'Little Tiger': The rampant cat meat trade in Vietnam 2020-09-14T06:58:31Z special-dish-little-tiger-the-rampant-cat-meat-trade-in-vietnam While the trade and consumption of dog meat in Asia is increasingly being discussed in public, the equally brutal cat meat trade is still relatively unknown. Global animal welfare organisations FOUR PAWS and Change For Animals Foundation have now released the findings of their nationwide investigations into the country’s illicit cat meat trade, exposing the true extent of the hidden trade: In Vietnam alone, an estimated one million cats every year  – including strays and pets – are stolen from the streets and even from people’s homes, trafficked across the country and brutally slaughtered. Locally known as “Little Tiger”, whilst once focused in Northern provinces, the dish is spreading in popularity nationwide despite increasing pet ownership.The trade is not only a threat to animal welfare but also to human health with the risk of rabies and zoonotic diseases.FOUR PAWS and Change For Animals Foundation call on the Vietnamese government to  reinstate laws previously in place that explicitly prohibited the cat meat trade, and enforce and strengthen existing laws to safeguard human and animal health and protect people’s pets from being stolen.In contrast to the local dog meat trade, the hunting, slaughtering and consumption of cats was explicitly illegal in Vietnam until January 2020. However, the law has been revoked and cat meat is in more demand than ever – particularly in the north of the country, but its popularity is spreading to other parts of the country as far south as Ho Chi Minh City.The investigations by FOUR PAWS and Change For Animals Foundation identified Hanoi and the Thai Binh province as Vietnam's cat meat hotspots, with their large networks of hundreds of restaurants, holding areas and slaughterhouses. To meet the increasing demand, free roaming stray and pet cats are captured and sold alive to wholesalers or directly to restaurants for slaughtering. According to the organisations, there are no farms in Vietnam where cats are bred specifically for the meat trade.“At the wholesalers we discovered many cats with collars – a clear sign that they were pets. During our research we also met many pet owners who were desperately looking for their stolen cats. The authorities usually turn a blind eye to this because they are often involved in the cat meat trade, either profiting from bribes or are consumers themselves,” says Dr. Katherine Polak, veterinarian and Head of FOUR PAWS Stray Animal Care in Southeast Asia.Theft, transport, slaughter: animal cruelty at all stagesSome restaurants purchase the animals directly from cat thieves and slaughter them on their premises, but most operate with wholesalers and slaughterhouses. According to the investigations, the coastal towns of Da Nang and Hoi An in central Vietnam – popular amongst national and international tourists – are considered crucial for the sourcing and distribution of stolen cats.“In holding areas, the wholesalers keep the cats crammed into small cages for several days until they have collected enough animals to cover the costs of transport. Over hundreds of kilometres the cats are transported without water, food and sufficient ventilation to the slaughterhouses scattered throughout Vietnam. Some wholesalers even use luggage compartments on regular passenger buses for the trafficking,” says Lola Webber, Co-Founder and Programs Director of Change For Animals Foundation.In the slaughterhouses, the cats are usually drowned, provided they have not died from exhaustion, heat stroke or injuries caused by their brutal capture and transportation. FOUR PAWS and Change For Animals Foundation have also documented that cats are sometimes bludgeoned to death with a hammer, boiled alive or killed by electrocution. The fur is then stripped from the animals and the skin is burned. Following this process, the cats are then gutted and frozen for further transport.Black cats seen as premium meatThe cat meat trade is a profitable business. A live cat is sold for around 6.50 US dollars (9.14 AUD) per kilo, one kilo of their meat costs 8.50 US dollars (11.95 AUD). Restaurants offer dishes prepared with cat meat for about 6.50 US dollars (9.14 AUD). According to the latest research by FOUR PAWS and Change For Animals Foundation, black cats are worth even more. Traders sell them alive for 8.50 US dollars (11.95 AUD) per kilo, their raw meat fetches up to 21.50 US dollars (30.22 AUD) per kilo.Younger generations consider cat meat an exotic delicacy. For older people, consumption is usually linked to customs, superstition, and the lunar calendar. Some locals are convinced that eating cat meat repels bad luck. Others eat the meat – especially from black cats – because they believe it has healing effects, although there is no scientific evidence for this.Danger to public safety and public healthIn recent years, cats have become popular pets in Vietnam – despite the increasing demand for their meat, which can no longer be met with capturing stray cats alone. Hence, cat thieves do not shy away from stealing pets. Violent clashes between cat thieves and pet owners have occurred frequently, some of which have also been known to end fatally.According to FOUR PAWS and Change For Animals Foundation, the practices used in the cat meat trade could also potentially lead to the outbreak of zoonotic diseases in the future as seen with COVID-19, due to unsanitary conditions, brutal and unhygienic treatment of animals, multi-species transport, holding and slaughtering facilities, and cross border transportation and handling. Many of the animals – whether healthy or sick – are transported across the entire country. The unsanitary conditions in holding areas and slaughterhouse facilities, often holding various species from numerous sources, facilitate the transmission of zoonotic disease and provides the perfect breeding ground for the development of novel ones, with potentially catastrophic results.FOUR PAWS’ fight against the cat and dog meat tradeIn Vietnam, FOUR PAWS partners with Change For Animals Foundation, as well as local NGO’s Vietnam Cat Welfare in Hoi An and Paws for Compassion in Da Nang to improve companion animal welfare. To put a sustainable end to the brutal cat and dog meat trade in Southeast Asia, FOUR PAWS has launched a campaign on an international and national level in Vietnam, Cambodia, and Indonesia.“Through educational work and cooperation with the responsible authorities, local communities and the tourism industry, FOUR PAWS’ is calling upon Governments in Southeast Asia to introduce, strengthen and enforce animal protection laws, which will bring an end to the capture, slaughter and consumption of dogs and cats. This will not only protect animals – but also people as well from public health risks,” says Dr Karanvir Kukreja, Project Manager for FOUR PAWS’ Ending the Dog and Cat Meat Trade Campaign.Furthermore, FOUR PAWS supports local animal welfare organisations and communities with humane and sustainable stray animal care programmes. FOUR PAWS is also part of the animal welfare coalitions DMFI (Dog Meat Free Indonesia) and ACPA (Asia Canine Protection Alliance), which lobby against the trade in Southeast Asia, as well as the Asia for Animals Coalition, which works to improve the welfare of animals across the region.The support for an end to this cruel trade has gained global traction with FOUR PAWS petition receiving over 840,000 signatures  since it launched late last year:  https://help.four-paws.org/en-AU/end-dog-and-cat-meat-trade-southeast-asiaThe English version of the report can be found here.  ***About FOUR PAWSFOUR PAWS is the global animal welfare organisation for animals under direct human influence, which reveals suffering, rescues animals in need and protects them. Founded in 1988 in Vienna by Heli Dungler, the organisation advocates for a world where humans treat animals with respect, empathy and understanding. The sustainable campaigns and projects focus on animals used for textiles, stray dogs and cats as well as pets, farm animals and wild animals – such as bears, big cats, orangutans and elephants – kept in inappropriate conditions as well as in disaster and conflict zones. With offices in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Germany, Hungary, Kosovo, Netherlands, South Africa, Switzerland, Thailand, Ukraine, United Kingdom, USA and Vietnam, FOUR PAWS aims to help animals in need directly and quickly.  www.four-paws.org.au  Slaughtering Jobseeker 2020-09-09T22:43:55Z slaughtering-jobseeker Dear Editor, One of Australia's biggest meat corporations says JobSeeker is too generous! Some of us might imagine that paying the rent or mortgage and feeding the family on $550 a week (soon to be reduced to $400) would not be a bed of roses. But the corporate and industry affairs manager of Teys says this is making people “a little bit too comfortable”. In his mind, the rate should be slashed further, so people will be forced to work in their hellish slaughterhouses, where COVID-19 has been spreading rapidly. There they will spend their days killing terrified animals, at processing speeds that guarantee suffering for both the workers and the animal victims. Here’s a better plan – instead of forcing people into poverty so they can keep the conveyor belts moving, cut the meat from your shopping list, and let’s close down these grim death factories. Desmond Bellamy Special Projects Coordinator PETA Australia PO Box 2352 Byron Bay NSW 2481 0411 577 416 DesmondB@PETA.org.au Dog Snuffle Mats - A Stimulating & Enriching Activity for Dogs 2020-09-05T03:52:53Z dog-snuffle-mats-stimulating-amp-enriching-activity-for-dogs-1 Snuffle mats are an excellent interactive mental stimulation activity for dogs, consisting of a variety of hiding spots for your dog's food that they then have to sniff out. Encouraging your dog to use their greatest sense - that of smell - is wonderfully satisfying and rewarding for your dog. Snuffle mats also help with fast-eaters, feed your dog's daily meal of dry food or kibble via the snuffle mat and they are forced to eat slowly, as well as work their brain! Our snuffle mats are made from a fleece material with a rubber backing to help stop the mat sliding around on the floor too much. The mats are machine-washable for easy cleaning if your pooch has left it covered in drool! We recommend a gentle spin and then air dry your mat, do not tumble dry. As with all dog toys and games, please supervise your dog while they are using the snuffle mat and take the mat away once they are finished. We currently have 5 different snuffle mat designs to choose from and each mat comes folded in a reusable zip lock bag for easy storage. All styles are currently in stock and ready for despatch. We ship Australia-wide from our Melbourne location with regular or express post options available, order by 3pm for same day despatch. We also stock a range of dog treats and dry food ideal for use with the snuffle mats. Shop our range of dog snuffle mats now at www.adogsbestlife.com.au ezyVet and Openpay enter strategic partnership to extend payment plans to fur babies 2020-09-04T05:26:12Z ezyvet-and-openpay-enter-strategic-partnership-to-extend-payment-plans-to-fur-babies Thanks to a new partnership between 'Buy Now Pay Later' (BNPL) payment provider Openpay (ASX: OPY), and veterinary software provider ezyVet, pet owners can now spread the cost of their vet bill interest-free over time, with the vet practice getting paid in full immediately. Vet practices can generate more business and no longer need to juggle the patient's needs, the pet owner's pocketbook, or their conscience. ezyVet is a well-established and innovative cloud-based practice management software used by vet practices globally, with considerable market penetration throughout Asia-Pacific. Openpay was established in Australia in 2013 as a payment technology company. Openpay Head of Health, Nick Grant notes, "We've seen the Vet industry adapt quickly to recent COVID challenges, and we know removing the financial barrier to treatment supports both Vets, and most importantly their patients. ezyVet is a leader in the veterinary software industry and we are proud to announce this partnership." The integration between ezyVet and Openpay enables pet owners to sign up and be approved for credit within 90 seconds. A new plan is processed in the practice via the customers Openpay app or web portal. Openpay guarantees payment to the practice the next business day, and the pet owner pays off the remaining installments to Openpay over the selected payment term. According to ezyVet CFO Pete Brown, "when it comes to healthcare and economics, timing is everything. If your dog gets sick you need money fast. This partnership supports our company philosophy. Let the Vets do their job and leave the admin to ezyVet". Abby Cotton, Practice Manager at Greenhills Veterinary Hospitals has successfully piloted the integration. "We have been able to treat more patients in the clinic as we have provided a fast and more streamlined financial support service for our clients. The integration allows us to provide a payment plan for our clients that supports both them and our clinic, without having to carry the burden of debt collecting." Learn about Openpay at openpay.com.au  Learn about ezyVet at ezyVet.comVideo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dg3tjZtnUpk CWA of NSW puts Awareness Week spotlight on domestic violence 'national emergency' 2020-08-31T23:25:25Z cwa-of-nsw-puts-awareness-week-spotlight-on-domestic-violence-national-emergency-2 Hi , The Country Women’s Association (CWA) of NSW is preparing to launch its annual Awareness Week campaign on September 6, this year focussing on the issue of domestic violence. The 2020 campaign is highlighting the confronting statistics that underline the need for urgent action in the areas of support services, perpetrator rehabilitation and prevention programs, particularly in rural and regional NSW, where this kind of assistance can be limited and often hours away. The CWA of NSW is partnering with White Ribbon Australia and Domestic Violence NSW on this year’s Awareness Week, supportive of each organisation’s lobbying efforts and services offered to victims and their families. CWA of NSW State President Stephanie Stanhope said the organisation wanted to highlight the urgency around more action on the issue in an effort to turn around the confronting statistics. “The rates of violence we are seeing are not acceptable in our communities and we are calling for more initiatives, strategies and resources to go towards addressing the issue, particularly in rural and regional areas. We also want to encourage women who are living with violence to reach out for assistance, and the message from communities must be that victims are not alone and will not be judged, but rather listened to and supported,” she said. The campaign runs from September 6 to 13 and for interview requests with CWA of NSW president Stephanie Stanhope or Awareness Week partners White Ribbon Australia and Domestic Violence NSW, please let me know. Branches across the state are participating in the campaign with their own awareness-raising events, subject to COVID-19 restrictions at this time, so get in touch with your local branch for find out what they have planned. A branch locator can be found at: https://www.cwaofnsw.org.au/branchesgroups.html Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AC QC, Governor of New South Wales, is the Patron of the CWA of NSW and has prepared a message in support of this year’s Awareness Week campaign, which can be viewed here. Kind regards, Kylie Galbraith Seftons Tamworth NSW 2340 Ph. 0411 480 208 ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- MEDIA RELEASE CWA of NSW puts Awareness Week spotlight on domestic violence ‘national emergency’ A call for domestic violence to be recognised as a “national emergency” is at the heart of this year’s Country Women’s Association of NSW Awareness Week, beginning on Sunday, September 6. This year’s Awareness Week is shining the spotlight on the confronting statistics that underline the need for urgent action in the areas of support services, perpetrator rehabilitation and prevention programs, particularly in rural and regional NSW, where this kind of assistance can be hours away. This comes as COVID-19 and associated restrictions have exacerbated the issue of domestic violence in 2020, with restrictions putting victims in closer proximity to their abusers, for often longer periods of time, making it harder for victims to reach out for help. Statistics show: One woman is killed every nine days and one man is killed every 29 days in a domestic violence-related situation. One in six women and one in 16 men in Australia have experienced physical or sexual violence from a current or previous cohabiting partner. Indigenous women are 32 times more likely to be hospitalised due to family violence than non-indigenous women. Domestic and family violence is the leading cause of homelessness for women and their children. Women in regional, rural and remote areas are more likely than women in urban areas to experience domestic and family violence, and those who do seek help can find difficulty in accessing services due to geographical isolation (services/emergency accommodation may be hundreds of kilometres away) and lack of transportation options. CWA of NSW State President Stephanie Stanhope said the organisation wanted to highlight the urgency around more action on the issue in an effort to turn around the confronting statistics. “Figures like these are not acceptable in our communities and we are calling for more initiatives, strategies and resources to go towards addressing the issue, particularly in rural and regional areas. We also want to encourage women who are living with violence to reach out for assistance, because there are services there to help and communities who will stand behind them. The message from communities must be that victims are not alone and will not be judged, but rather listened to and supported,” she said. The CWA of NSW is partnering with White Ribbon Australia and Domestic Violence NSW on this year’s campaign, supportive of each organisation’s lobbying efforts and services offered to victims and their families. The organisation is supporting Domestic Violence NSW’s calls for law and policy change aimed at helping prevent and address the issues around domestic and family violence, and the call for a forum to help better understand the needs of victims in non-metropolitan areas. “People in rural, regional and outer metropolitan experiencing domestic violence face unique challenges and have specific needs. We are calling on the NSW Government to hold a regional forum to meet with local domestic violence services so that everyone, wherever they live, can access the support they need to be safe,” said Delia Donovan, Interim CEO of Domestic Violence NSW. White Ribbon Australia’s call for more behavioural change and support programs for perpetrators, and for those who feel like they are a risk to their partner/families and need immediate support, is also being supported by the CWA of NSW. White Ribbon Australia Executive Director Brad Chilcott said Men’s Behaviour Change (MBC) programs work with perpetrators to identify, understand and take responsibility for their violence, anger and abuse. “But demand far exceeds supply. Right now, there are hundreds of men across Australia, including regional NSW, who recognise their behaviour is unsafe and are reaching out for support, only to discover how little is available,” Mr Chilcott said. “Recent data from No To Violence shows that men are waiting up to 40 weeks to access specialist MBC programs, leaving women and children vulnerable to ongoing abuse.” In a recent postal vote on policy motions – which will form the basis of CWA of NSW’s lobbying efforts for the next 12 months – members overwhelmingly endorsed two motions around domestic violence: one urging governments to recognise the issue as a “national emergency”, and another calling for all governments to implement relevant recommendations and best practice relating to protecting survivors of domestic violence. This includes recommendations from the Australian Law Reform Commission’s family law review and the National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety. “Members are passionate about advocating for victims of domestic violence and for more support services in their local communities. White Ribbon Australia recognises individual communities are best placed to identify just what they need to help address the issue in their own neighbourhoods, so is urging communities to consider forming their own community action groups,” Stephanie said. “This Awareness Week we’re sending the message that we can all help make a difference if we stand together and make the safety of everyone in our community our top priority.” For those in need of assistance, 1800RESPECT is the national sexual assault, domestic and family violence counselling service, which can be contacted on 1800 737 732. For more information on White Ribbon Australia go to https://www.whiteribbon.org.au/, and for Domestic Violence NSW visit https://www.dvnsw.org.au/ CWA of NSW puts Awareness Week spotlight on domestic violence 'national emergency' 2020-08-31T23:18:15Z cwa-of-nsw-puts-awareness-week-spotlight-on-domestic-violence-national-emergency-1 Hi , The Country Women’s Association (CWA) of NSW is preparing to launch its annual Awareness Week campaign on September 6, this year focussing on the issue of domestic violence. The 2020 campaign is highlighting the confronting statistics that underline the need for urgent action in the areas of support services, perpetrator rehabilitation and prevention programs, particularly in rural and regional NSW, where this kind of assistance can be limited and often hours away. The CWA of NSW is partnering with White Ribbon Australia and Domestic Violence NSW on this year’s Awareness Week, supportive of each organisation’s lobbying efforts and services offered to victims and their families. CWA of NSW State President Stephanie Stanhope said the organisation wanted to highlight the urgency around more action on the issue in an effort to turn around the confronting statistics. “The rates of violence we are seeing are not acceptable in our communities and we are calling for more initiatives, strategies and resources to go towards addressing the issue, particularly in rural and regional areas. We also want to encourage women who are living with violence to reach out for assistance, and the message from communities must be that victims are not alone and will not be judged, but rather listened to and supported,” she said. The campaign runs from September 6 to 13 and for interview requests with CWA of NSW president Stephanie Stanhope or Awareness Week partners White Ribbon Australia and Domestic Violence NSW, please let me know. Branches across the state are participating in the campaign with their own awareness-raising events, subject to COVID-19 restrictions at this time, so get in touch with your local branch for find out what they have planned. A branch locator can be found at: https://www.cwaofnsw.org.au/branchesgroups.html Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AC QC, Governor of New South Wales, is the Patron of the CWA of NSW and has prepared a message in support of this year’s Awareness Week campaign, which can be viewed here. Kind regards, Kylie Galbraith Seftons Tamworth NSW 2340 Ph. 0411 480 208 ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- MEDIA RELEASE CWA of NSW puts Awareness Week spotlight on domestic violence ‘national emergency’ A call for domestic violence to be recognised as a “national emergency” is at the heart of this year’s Country Women’s Association of NSW Awareness Week, beginning on Sunday, September 6. This year’s Awareness Week is shining the spotlight on the confronting statistics that underline the need for urgent action in the areas of support services, perpetrator rehabilitation and prevention programs, particularly in rural and regional NSW, where this kind of assistance can be hours away. This comes as COVID-19 and associated restrictions have exacerbated the issue of domestic violence in 2020, with restrictions putting victims in closer proximity to their abusers, for often longer periods of time, making it harder for victims to reach out for help. Statistics show: One woman is killed every nine days and one man is killed every 29 days in a domestic violence-related situation. One in six women and one in 16 men in Australia have experienced physical or sexual violence from a current or previous cohabiting partner. Indigenous women are 32 times more likely to be hospitalised due to family violence than non-indigenous women. Domestic and family violence is the leading cause of homelessness for women and their children. Women in regional, rural and remote areas are more likely than women in urban areas to experience domestic and family violence, and those who do seek help can find difficulty in accessing services due to geographical isolation (services/emergency accommodation may be hundreds of kilometres away) and lack of transportation options. CWA of NSW State President Stephanie Stanhope said the organisation wanted to highlight the urgency around more action on the issue in an effort to turn around the confronting statistics. “Figures like these are not acceptable in our communities and we are calling for more initiatives, strategies and resources to go towards addressing the issue, particularly in rural and regional areas. We also want to encourage women who are living with violence to reach out for assistance, because there are services there to help and communities who will stand behind them. The message from communities must be that victims are not alone and will not be judged, but rather listened to and supported,” she said. The CWA of NSW is partnering with White Ribbon Australia and Domestic Violence NSW on this year’s campaign, supportive of each organisation’s lobbying efforts and services offered to victims and their families. The organisation is supporting Domestic Violence NSW’s calls for law and policy change aimed at helping prevent and address the issues around domestic and family violence, and the call for a forum to help better understand the needs of victims in non-metropolitan areas. “People in rural, regional and outer metropolitan experiencing domestic violence face unique challenges and have specific needs. We are calling on the NSW Government to hold a regional forum to meet with local domestic violence services so that everyone, wherever they live, can access the support they need to be safe,” said Delia Donovan, Interim CEO of Domestic Violence NSW. White Ribbon Australia’s call for more behavioural change and support programs for perpetrators, and for those who feel like they are a risk to their partner/families and need immediate support, is also being supported by the CWA of NSW. White Ribbon Australia Executive Director Brad Chilcott said Men’s Behaviour Change (MBC) programs work with perpetrators to identify, understand and take responsibility for their violence, anger and abuse. “But demand far exceeds supply. Right now, there are hundreds of men across Australia, including regional NSW, who recognise their behaviour is unsafe and are reaching out for support, only to discover how little is available,” Mr Chilcott said. “Recent data from No To Violence shows that men are waiting up to 40 weeks to access specialist MBC programs, leaving women and children vulnerable to ongoing abuse.” In a recent postal vote on policy motions – which will form the basis of CWA of NSW’s lobbying efforts for the next 12 months – members overwhelmingly endorsed two motions around domestic violence: one urging governments to recognise the issue as a “national emergency”, and another calling for all governments to implement relevant recommendations and best practice relating to protecting survivors of domestic violence. This includes recommendations from the Australian Law Reform Commission’s family law review and the National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety. “Members are passionate about advocating for victims of domestic violence and for more support services in their local communities. White Ribbon Australia recognises individual communities are best placed to identify just what they need to help address the issue in their own neighbourhoods, so is urging communities to consider forming their own community action groups,” Stephanie said. “This Awareness Week we’re sending the message that we can all help make a difference if we stand together and make the safety of everyone in our community our top priority.” For those in need of assistance, 1800RESPECT is the national sexual assault, domestic and family violence counselling service, which can be contacted on 1800 737 732. For more information on White Ribbon Australia go to https://www.whiteribbon.org.au/, and for Domestic Violence NSW visit https://www.dvnsw.org.au/ The next pandemic? 2020-08-30T10:53:53Z the-next-pandemic Dear Editor, What the world does not need now is another pandemic. Yet in Victoria, hundreds of thousands of chickens, turkeys and even emus are now being killed in the hope that wholesale carnage can stop or slow the spread of at least three different, extremely virulent strains of bird flu. This is not surprising – confining and killing animals for food has been linked to SARS, swine flu, bird flu, and COVID-19. You’ll never catch the flu from tofu, but when tens of thousands of birds are crammed into sheds and forced to stand in their own waste and breathe in the fumes, diseases spread and can mutate into different strains quickly. People can be co-infected with an avian and a human influenza virus. The genetic information in these viruses can then reassort to create a new virus, against which humans have little or no immunity. If you care about animals, and your own health, do what many others are doing nowadays and choose healthy vegan meals. If everyone went vegan, these birds, each of them a personality who wanted only to enjoy life, wouldn’t have lived in misery and died in terror, and humans wouldn’t be facing yet another catastrophic virus. Mimi Bekhechi Campaigns Strategist People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals PO Box 20308 World Square Sydney, NSW, 2002 (08) 8556-5828 Ivory Coat challenges dog owners to pick the right food for their dogs 2020-08-26T22:55:17Z ivory-coat-challenges-dog-owners-to-pick-the-right-food-for-their-dogs The Real Pet Food Company and independent integrated agency, The Idea Shed, want people to stop and think about what they are feeding their dogs. Every dog is different and so are their needs, are they doing the right thing by their pet? To bring this challenge to life the agency has created a bold campaign encouraging owners to question their current choice of pet food.  This new campaign, “Feed Them Right” will introduce Ivory Coat’s bespoke Food Check, an interactive tool that creates a personalised feeding guide for dog owners.   Once completed online, the Food Check encourages owners to examine their current choice of pet food and suggests products from the Ivory Coat range.   “People are confused about what food to feed their pet. Over 50% of pets are overweight or obese and we have developed the Food Check calculator to help people understand what food is right for their pet. We collect information based on their pets age, breed, size, lifestyle and weight, and provide a recommended feeding guide. In conjunction with the The Idea Shed, we worked together to seamlessly bring the campaign to life,” said Kate Clarke, Digital Producer, Real Pet Food Co. A full TTL campaign has been developed in two stages.  To begin with, the ‘Ivory Coat Dog Search’ took place – a social recruitment drive to find real Australian dogs that love Ivory Coat to feature in the campaign. The chosen dogs are also featured in unique pet profiles on social channels and Ivory Coat’s website. Following this ‘Feed Them Right’ was brought to life in a hero 15 sec TVC as well as through digital, social and in-store channels, all linking to the calculator and ultimately encouraging owners to make the switch. The creative takes a real and honest approach to celebrate the beautiful differences found in all dogs. “We are so excited to see the Ivory Coat Feed Them Right campaign reach our consumers. The Idea Shed have delivered a strong multi-channel approach which we know will help reach as many dog owners as possible with this tailored feeding plan,” said Cheryl Griffin, Shopper Marketing Manager, Real Pet Food Co. John Volckman, The Idea Shed’s Director added, “This campaign has been a great opportunity for us to own the creative product throughout the full path to purchase – TVC through to the last 3 feet in store. It’s great working on a brand which has serious ambitions and we are excited to get stage 1 of Feed Them Right into market and look forward to taking this platform into future work.” The campaign launches on 30th August through TV, Print, Instore, Digital and Social Media.   Agency Team: Executive Creative Director: John Volckman Strategy Director: Eryl ThomasDigital Director: Adrian Moore Client Services Director: Karin AndreassonArt Director: Mike Avery Senior Account Manager: Christine Kynoch Account Executive: Mia Gall Producer: Dale Bennetto     Agency Partners:   Avenue C – Media Agency  Business Director: Rosy Zhang Managing Director: Hugo CutroneClockwork Films – Production Company Heath George – Executive ProducerDamien Whitney – Executive ProducerRichard Weinstein - Photographer     Real Pet Food Company  Head of Marketing ANZ: Jackie Wilson Digital Producer: Kate Clarke Shopper Activation Manager: Cheryl Griffin Kohnke’s Own: Horse Supplements and Horse Care Products 2020-08-21T01:51:48Z kohnke-s-own-horse-supplements-and-horse-care-products-1 Quality Aussie equine supplies are hard to come by, but Kohnke's Own offers exceptional horse care products and supplements for horses that have been produced from years of extensive consultancy work with horse trainers, owners, breeders and vet Dr John Kohnke.   Horse supplements are essential for maintaining optimal health, colour and vitality in horses such as Palomino horses and ponies. Alongside quality supplements, Kohnke’s Own provides tailored advice on horse nutrition that ensures your horse gets the most out of these horse by products, and at affordable prices.  Kohnke’s Own has become the recognised leader in equine health, and specifically in the formulation and manufacture of equine supplements and health care products. They are a proudly Australian owned and operated company. All supplement manufacturing is performed in their Sydney facility.  For more information on horse supplements Australia, please contact: Kohnke’s Own T: 1800 112 227 E: info@kohnkesown.com W: https://www.kohnkesown.com/  Dog scam has a silver lining 2020-08-20T12:40:18Z dog-scam-has-a-silver-lining Dear Editor, It’s important to find the positive in every situation. So, what’s the silver lining in the case of an alleged scammer selling non-existent puppies to numerous Australian families, for thousands of dollars each? Well, fewer puppies born into a cruel industry that treats animals as commodities and robs animals in shelters of a chance at a loving home. Many of the cute, cheeky puppies we see for sale have a tragic backstory behind those big eyes. Their mothers—confined to cramped, filthy cages—are forced to endure repeated pregnancies until their bodies are exhausted, and they are killed or abandoned. Irresponsible breeding leads to genetic issues like hip dysplasia, skin and jaw issues, and heart murmurs. These puppies are removed from their nurturing mothers soon after birth, leaving them poorly socialised. This means—when we factor in vet visits and socialisation training—any dog who comes from a puppy mill will cost far more than the original price tag. Every time someone buys a dog from a breeder, they also take away a home from a dog waiting in a shelter. Each year, in Australia, over 200,000 healthy, adoptable dogs and cats in shelters are euthanised, because there are not enough good homes for them. If you have space in your home and your heart for a companion (or two), please, save a life and adopt from a shelter. Never buy animals from a pet shop or breeder – and always desex and microchip them. Mimi Bekhechi Campaigns Strategist People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals PO Box 20308 World Square Sydney, NSW, 2002 (08) 8556-5828 New Ziwi Peak Provenance Dog Food Has Landed! 2020-08-16T23:29:10Z new-ziwi-peak-provenance-dog-food-has-landed The new Ziwi Peak Provenance range for dogs has arrived in Australia and is in stock now ready for despatch! The new Provenance range is a welcome addition to Ziwi’s mainly single source protein foods, featuring 3 different recipes to choose from, all containing a variety of 5 meats and fish, ethically and sustainably sourced in New Zealand. The recipes contain 96% meat, seafood, organs and bone, with authentic ratios to mirror a natural diet for our canine friends, with an added superfood blend of cold-washed tripe, NZ green mussels and kelp to deliver peak nutrition. The recipes are grain-free and also contain no potato or legumes. The food is slow and gently air-dried to lock in nutrients without the need for artificial preservatives, and is a great ready-serve alternative to a raw diet.  Ziwi Provenance Recipes: East Cape: The first place on earth to see the sunrise, New Zealand’s spectacular East Cape is the inspiration behind ZIWI® Peak’s East Cape Provenance recipe. Featuring free-range mutton and goat combined with a blend of wild-caught fish from Cape Reinga, it’s a perfect topper or complete meal that dogs are sure to love. Hauraki Plains: Named in Maori for its gentle winds, the fertile farmlands of the Hauraki Plains are the inspiration and the ingredient source for ZIWI® Peak’s Hauraki Plains Provenance recipe. This delicious blend of poultry and wild-caught fish can be served as a topper or a complete meal. Dogs are guaranteed to enjoy each and every bite. Otago Valley: From ancient mountains to alpine valleys, this diverse region is the inspiration behind ZIWI® Peak’s Otago Valley Provenance recipe. Featuring beef, venison and lamb—all free-range and grass-fed on Otago’s native grasses—and wild-caught fish from the South Island’s subantarctic waters. Serve as a topper or complete meal. Feeding calculators, full ingredient lists and guaranteed analysis are available for each recipe with links on each page of our site, or head over to Ziwi and have a read. Click here to start shopping! Where are the hotspots? 2020-08-06T12:00:56Z where-are-the-hotspots Dear Editor, The latest Victorian COVID-19 key outbreak data lists twelve hotspots, of which six are in the business of killing animals for meat. These six companies account for over two thirds of the total cases in these hotspots. Are we getting the message yet? The high-speed killing of terrified animals for their flesh is toxic – in more ways than one. Desmond Bellamy Special Projects Coordinator PETA Australia 1a Henderson St Northcote VIC 3070 0411 577 416 DesmondB@PETA.org.au CASES IN KEY OUTBREAKS - 6 August 2020 Organisation Cases Percentage Bertocchi Smallgoods 196 Somerville Retail Services 164 JBS 122 Australian Lamb Co 83 Golden Farms Poultry 31 Ingham's 29 TOTAL MEAT CORPORATIONS 625 67.4% Melbourne Health 89 Woolworths Distribution 59 Linfox 44 Nino Early Learning 43 Catholic Regional College 37 Respite Services 30 TOTAL NON-MEAT 302 32.6% GRAND TOTAL 927 Profit above public safety 2020-08-04T11:47:51Z profit-above-public-safety Dear Editor, Under Stage 4 restrictions in Victoria we cannot have a haircut, exercise for more than an hour, or buy food after 8.00pm. Why, then, is dog racing still permitted? According to the Premier, shutting down the industry would present "significant animal welfare issues." What can we take from this statement, apart from assuming that a greyhound who no longer makes money for his or her "guardian" is going to be neglected, abandoned, or killed? After all, this is an industry that railed against legislation requiring them to provide dogs with enriching toys, claiming this "anthropomorphised" greyhounds. Greyhound trainers have previously been exposed for dumping dogs in mass graves, and live-baiting small animals. I am the proud fur-grandpa of two rescued greyhounds. These loving, quirky individuals spent their early lives cut off from natural pleasures like play, socialisation, and regular walks. One of them was confined to a cage for most of the day, and forced to live in her own waste. Her only exercise was being chained to a walking machine. The other dog has badly-worn teeth from chewing on the bars of her cage, and anxiety issues that are only now settling after years in a loving home. The cruel practices of this patently non-essential business should not be permitted in a State of Disaster, or any state at all. This exemption to the lockdown only serves to prove that racing industries put profit above anything else – including public safety. Desmond Bellamy Special Projects Coordinator PETA Australia 1a Henderson St Northcote 3070 0411 577 416 DesmondB@PETA.org.au