‘Harder line needed’ to reduce animal torture
THE Northern Rivers Animal Rights and Rescue Group (ARRG) has called for harsher sentencing and tougher enforcement of animal cruelty laws in the wake of a recent attack on a dog in Casino.
ARRG president Barbara Steffensen said she was tired of animal cruelty flying under the radar in the Northern Rivers due to enforcement of animal protection laws, often being left to the under-funded RSPCA NSW.
"The RSPCA is a charity; they are not in a position to do the job of enforcing legislation because they don't have enough inspectors," Ms Steffensen said.
She said there was a public interest argument that police protection of animals protected the community because of the "well-researched link" to committing more serious crimes after committing acts of animal cruelty.
"There is huge amounts of evidence to suggest violence to animals is a precursor to more serious crimes, so by neglecting to prosecute over these offences police may in fact be breaching their duty of care to the public as other crimes could stem from this," Ms Steffensen said.
This Saturday at 1.30pm, ARRG members will attend a public meeting with Animal Justice Party of Australia (AJP) at the Lismore Neighbourhood Centre.
The group invites members of the public to join them to meet with NSW AJP candidate Mark Pearson to discuss changes to the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act (NSW) that would see animal protection laws enforced completely by police.