Animal Welfare

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West Australians care about animals. The way we treat animals reflects our values and ethics as a community, a state, nationally and internationally. Animals are sentient. They feel experience emotions and feelings like pleasure, comfort, discomfort, fear and pain. All people and industries have a responsibility to treat all animals with care and respect. Lisa has lead the way towards achieving improved animal welfare outcomes for WA’s animals.

Some of her achievements are:


2011 – Animal Welfare and Live Export added to WA Labor’s Platform

2013 – WA Labor’s state conference resolves that when in government, WA Labor will stop puppy framing.

2015 – Chaired independent committee to research and report ‘Puppy Farming in WA – why this trade need to end and recommendations to achieve this’.

2016 – WA Labor Policy released “Stop Puppy Farming”

2018 and 2019 – ‘Saving Lives’ events held at the WA Parliament to recognise the work of the animal rescue and rehoming sector.

2019 – McGowan Government commits to removing the provisions from the Dog Act 1976 that require greyhounds as companion animals to wear muzzles in public. 

2020 – Dog Amendment (Stop Puppy Farming) Bill 2020 ( includes greyhound muzzleing changes) read into the WA parliament’s Legislative Assembly.


Lisa is currently advocating for improvements to the WA Animal Welfare Act 2002 and continues to build relationships with and represent the animal welfare sector in the WA Parliament and in her local community.