Shooters and Fishers Member for Eastern Victoria Jeff Bourman has welcomed support for his motion calling for an inquiry into the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) Victoria (Inc).
The motion approved by the Legislative Council calls on the Economy and Infrastructure Committee to hold an inquiry and report no later than August 22, 2017.
Field & Game Australia has already made a submission to an independent review of the RSPCA (Vic) Inspectorate being led by former Chief Commissioner of Victoria Police, Neil Comrie AO APM.
FGA welcomes the prospect of a broader Parliamentary inquiry into RSPCA (Vic) which would provide further oversight of the organisation and its activities and will take up any opportunity to make a submission or be heard.
Mr Bourman said the RSPCA Victoria has a privileged position in that it is a private organisation exercising legal powers conferred by the parliaments.
Mr Bourman has expressed his concerns that the RSPCA in Victoria is transforming the organisation from an animal welfare organisation into an animal rights organisation. The most blatant example of this transformation occurred during the Victorian elections in 2014.
“Animals Australia and the RSPCA funded a campaign attacking Labor Party candidates because of the Labor Party’s commitment to continuing duck seasons,” Mr Bourman said.
“This involvement in the election campaign on an issue unrelated to animal welfare primarily to benefited the Greens.”