Skip navigation

Petition: Animal welfare

profile image
Samantha Ratnam
Leader of the Victorian Greens
20 September 2022

The Petition of certain citizens of the State of Victoria draws to the attention of the Legislative Council that regulations under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1986 permits a person in charge of an animal, such as a dog, to tether the animal to an inanimate object. Tethering has caused dogs to become entangled in ropes or chains, inhibiting their capacity to access drinking water, shade and shelter during heatwaves or extreme cold weather. This leads to prolonged suffering and even death from dehydration or hypothermia. These dogs are often denied healthy freedom of movement which can lead to physical harm and behavioural issues, such as high aggression. If confinement is required, it should be within a breed-specific fenced yard without tethering by chains or ropes to a stationary and inanimate object. The fenced yard must be suitable to the size, breed and weight of the dog and allow uninhibited freedom of healthy movement so that the dog can access shelter, water and food at all times. The petitioners therefore request that the Legislative Council call on the Government to review the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1986 to prohibit prolonged, unsupervised confinement and tethering of a dog and allow tethering for short, supervised durations only.

By Dr RATNAM (Northern Metropolitan) (401 signatures).

profile image
Samantha Ratnam
Leader of the Victorian Greens
20 September 2022
SHARE:

WHAT I'M FIGHTING FOR


In Parliament

AGV 2022 Policy Platform Speech

"The Victorian Greens are going into the 2022 state election in a strong position. We are guided by our values and commitment to ecological sustainability, social justice, grassroots democracy and peace and non-violence and we are fuelled by hope." 

PARLIAMENT

Motion: Maroondah Hospital name change

Dr RATNAM (Northern Metropolitan) (17:10): I move: That this house: (1) notes that Maroondah Hospital is named using the Woiwurrung language and is one of very few public places in Victoria using First Nations language for naming conventions; (2) further notes that ‘Maroondah’ means ‘throwing’ and ‘Maroon’ means ‘leaves’; (3)...

Members Statement: First Nations Justice

First Nations justice is achieved through fixing our harmful systems and through honouring true-self determination by grassroots First Nations communities over their collective future.

PARLIAMENT

Petition: Ending logging

The Petition of certain citizens of the State of Victoria draws to the attention of the Legislative Council that the Government should immediately cease all levels of logging of native and public forests. There are reports and findings which support a stop to logging. Our forests store massive amounts of...