Victorian Nationals senator Bridget McKenzie plans to write to Queen Elizabeth II asking her to remove “Royal” from the RSPCA’s name amid growing anger from farmers about interventions by the animal welfare body.
The Weekly Times reports that senator McKenzie is “fed up” with hunters and the live cattle trade being demonised by the RSPCA.
The animal welfare group has been pushing livestock exporters to introduce a six-point plan for Vietnam’s live cattle trade following reports that animals were being killed using sledgehammers.
RSPCA Australia has opposed the live export trade for the past three decades. Most recently it’s been tackling the greyhound racing industry’s live baiting scandal, which yesterday saw Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk sack the directors of the state’s four racing boards.
Peaking farming organisations have accused the RSCPA of becoming an “activist” group and believe it should focus on domestic animals, leaving the Department of Agriculture to deal with farm animal welfare.
Bendigo-based McKenzie, who’s described the Victorian government’s ban on cattle grazing in National Parks as “the equivalent of banning the Scots from wearing kilts”, told The Weekly Times the RSPCA’s lobbying against the live export trade was “ignorant of the great welfare standard Australia is setting around the world”.
“There is no doubt among regional and rural communities that the RSPCA has crossed the line as an independent animal welfare group and lost the trust of those communities,” she said.