Shooters and Fishers try to shoot down RSPCA

A motion by the WA Shooters and Fishers Party for a Parliamentary inquiry into the operations of the RSPCA appears to be a thinly-disguised attempt to discredit a respected charity viewed by the Party as a major obstacle to its broad hunting agenda, Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren said.

“The Shooters and Fishers Party has repeatedly attacked the RSPCA recently, ranging from complaining how the RSPCA spends publicly donated money on advertising to suggesting that the RSPCA is improperly using the $500,000 it receives from the State Government to conduct compliance activities under the Animal Welfare Act,” Ms MacLaren said.

“So far, the Shooters and Fishers Party has been scant on detail in demonstrating the RSPCA has done anything wrong.

“The Greens suggest that if the Shooters and Fishers Party have an ideological opposition to how the RSPCA spends money it has raised via fundraising and donations, it is probably not a matter for a Parliamentary inquiry.

“On the other hand, if the Shooters and Fishers Party believes it has evidence that the RSCPA is improperly or ineffectively  using the $500,000 it receives from the State Government to conduct compliance under the Act, then it needs to demonstrate what it thinks this evidence is.

“Shooters and Fishers want to open up public land in WA for hunting; meanwhile the RSPCA, whose reputation and opinion carries considerable weight in Australia, has opposed this idea. It is not too hard to put two and two together and see what is going on.

“The Greens will today in Parliament oppose the Shooters and Fishers’ motion for an inquiry into the RSPCA and move to instead focus the inquiry on the effectiveness and resourcing of the Animal Welfare Unit within the Department of Agriculture and Food.  We will also move to delete the clause which proposes that Hon Rick Mazza chair the proposed Parliamentary inquiry.”