McGowan Government's Plan for Animal Welfare

25 January 2021

As an animal lover, I am proud that a re-elected McGowan Labor Government will invest more than $4.3 million into not-for-profit organisations that focus on animal protection and welfare.

Animal welfare charities and NGOs do amazing work in our community, helping to promote responsible pet ownership and provide important animal support services.

As part of the WA Labor Animal Welfare package, a new $2 million Community Animal Welfare Small Grants program will be established to better support them.

This package also includes a doubling of funding to the RSPCA, which will allow the organisation to increase their inspector services to meet demand in metropolitan Perth, and regional and remote WA. We will also provide an extra $250,000 to the RSPCA for a pet sterilisation pilot program that will be available to concession card holders in WA.

Legislation to stop puppy farming, which received overwhelming community support during our first term in office, will be reintroduced to Parliament as a priority. The rejection of the legislation by the Liberals over the last term puts the welfare, safety and health of dogs in WA at jeopardy.

We all want to see our four legged friends live strong, healthy lives in a loving and caring environment and this package will help achieve that. I am proud to be on the Mark McGowan Labor Team that will deliver this important animal welfare package and keep Balcatta strong.