MALAGA-based RSPCA WA are this week celebrating 130 years of tireless work caring for and protecting animals across the State.
Established on August 2, 1892 by a reading circle of five female friends, including Edith Cowan, the organisation has rescued, rehabilitated and re-homed tens of thousands of creatures great and small, while continuously advocating for improved animal welfare.
RSPCA WA chair, Lynne Bradshaw AM, said the work the RSPCA does is valued now more than ever.
“In recent decades, there has been a dramatic and positive change in the way animals are valued in our society, and we’re proud the RSPCA has played a leading role in that shift,” she said.
“When I started talking to people about the welfare issues with egg farming 20 years ago, for example, I could never have imagined we would be at the point we are today, where layer hen welfare is considered by most consumers when they buy eggs at the supermarket.”
In the last 130 years, the RSPCA has brought about extensive change including increased maximum penalties for cruelty, an improved Animal Welfare Act 2002, and laws to stop puppy farming.