“The AAWS is the only place where all the organisations involved with animals in our country can work together collaboratively,” said AVA President, Dr Ben Gardiner.
“The establishment of the AAWS was visionary and became a world-leading initiative.
“We just can’t understand how such a valuable program can be dropped unceremoniously and without warning, especially at a time when community and global interest in animal welfare issues is at an all-time high.
“A fantastic initiative of the former Howard government in 2005, the Australian Animal Welfare Strategy is both cost-effective and effective.
“Whether companion animals, livestock, wildlife or animals used in sport and recreation, the AAWS is the best opportunity we have to make a real difference to animal welfare.
“We urge the Government not to abrogate its responsibility, to retain this vital initiative, and to provide national leadership on animal welfare,” Dr Gardiner said. READ MORE