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RSPCA Animal Welfare Seminar 2021

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In 2021, we will be exploring the future of humane domestic cat management in Australia.

Widespread humane and effective management of owned, unowned and semi-owned cats remains elusive, despite significant effort and investment of resources by some stakeholders to address the issue.

Are stricter laws the best solution or can we do more collectively through better communication and collaboration?

RSPCA’s Animal Welfare Seminar 2021 will bring together diverse stakeholders from government, industry, animal welfare, academia, cat owners/carers and the wider community to share knowledge and experiences to identify key challenges and opportunities to achieve more humane management of domestic cats.

Join the conversation at FELINE FUTURES: Exploring Humane Domestic Cat Management in Australia, on Thursday 18 February 2021 online!

Schedule

· Stage
Welcome to day one of the seminar
Chair: Dr Bidda Jones - Chief Science and Strategy Officer, RSPCA Australia / Official welcome: Richard Mussell - Chief Executive Officer, RSPCA Australia
· Stage
Introduction
Dr Sarah Zito - Senior Scientific Officer, RSPCA Australia
· Stage
Rethinking the role of shelters as a response to outdoor cats
Keynote Speaker: Dr Kate Hurley - UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program, USA
· Networking
Break
· Stage
Legal classifications as social constructions on the place of cats in society
Dr Sophie Riley - Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Law, University of Technology Sydney
· Stage
Can I buy me a social license? Understanding risk, trust, social capital and contested science in the context of domestic cat management
Dr Lynette McLeod - Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of New England
· Networking
Break
· Stage
Connecting positively with cat semi-owners
Emeritus Professor Jacquie Rand - Australian Pet Welfare Foundation
· Stage
Overview of Australian Local Government domestic cat management strategies
Nell Thompson - Secretary, Australian Institute of Animal Management & G2Z Coordinator
· Stage
Assessing suitability of cats for rehoming
Dr Gabrielle Carter - Veterinary Specialist in Animal Behaviour, RSPCA Victoria
· Stage
End of day one and closing remarks
· Stage
Welcome to day two of the seminar
· Stage
New models for humane and effective cat management in shelters
Keynote speaker: Dr Cindy Karsten - UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program, USA
· Stage
Characteristics of cat hoarders and ways forward for better management
Dr Rosemary Elliott - President, Sentient, the Veterinary Institute for Animal Ethics
· Networking
Break
· Stage
Safe Cat, Safe Wildlife: Using social science to inform and evaluate a community conservation program
Emily McLeod - Senior Social Science Research Manager, Zoos Victoria
· Stage
National Desexing Network (NDN) Cooperative Desexing Programs with Councils
Dr Joy Verrinder - Strategic Director, Animal Welfare League QLD, NDN & Getting to Zero
· Stage
Who let the cat out - overcoming barriers for cat containment
Dr Lynette McLeod - Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of New England
· Stage
Cat de-sexing programs - great partnerships achieving great outcomes
Dr Ann Enright - Shelter Veterinarian
· Stage
TassieCat: working with councils and the community to improve cat management and responsible cat ownership
Nikki Brookman - Regional Cat Management Coordinator, Tasmanian Cat Management Project
· Stage
Panel discussion with audience questions and speakers from this session
· Stage
Wrap up
Dr Bidda Jones, Chief Science and Strategy Officer, RSPCA Australia

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