A call by the Shooters and Fishers Party for a Parliamentary inquiry into one of WA’s most respected community organisations appears a deliberate attempt to distract attention from ongoing animal welfare problems in WA, Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren says.
“If the Shooters and Fishers Party was genuinely concerned about the implementation of animal welfare laws in WA, it would be talking about the need to improve performance of the State’s Animal Welfare Unit,” Ms MacLaren said.
“The unit, which is within the Department of Agriculture and Food, is chronically under-resourced and is failing to keep up with need across Western Australia.
“Meanwhile, the RSPCA WA, which relies mainly on donations and fundraising and is greatly respected by the community, has been obliged to try to fill the gap that State Government underfunding has created.
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