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Michael Linke moving on from the RSPCA

By johnboy - 14 October 2013 67

The RSPCA ACT has announced the resignation of their high profile and long serving CEO Michael Linke:

The CEO of RSPCA ACT, Michael Linke, has today announced that he will be leaving RSPCA ACT after eight and a half years as RSPCA ACT’s first CEO.

“We have a saying at RSPCA – happy/sad days. Today is one of those days. It’s a happy day as I reflect on everything I have achieved for RSPCA and the animal welfare movement. It’s a sad day as I leave a job and a team who have meant so much to me over this last eight years.

“I leave at the top of my game.

“In 2005 RSPCA had some mountains to climb. Today as I stand at the top of the last mountain I look back. I have secured RSPCA’s future with plans being laid for a new joint animal welfare facility to be built in the ACT.

“Our companion animal rehoming strategy – saving more lives – is the envy of shelters world wide. Every animal has, and I am sure will continue, to be given the time, space, care and attention to find a home or be returned to an owner.

“Our diversified revenue generation activities have gone a long way to securing our financial sustainability. Events such as Million Paws Walk and Cupcake Day have grown in popularity to a point now where they are the main stay on the community’s calendar. Commercially I have created Tango’s Place – our five star cat boarding facility – an accessible and affordable vet clinic, a high quality dog training school and a boutique pet shop. Each of these activities plays an important role in generating much of the $4M needed each year for RSPCA to operate.

“I am sure that this announcement will come as a surprise to many. The timing however is perfect for me and for RSPCA. The retirement of our President Sue Gage presented a perfect punctuation point for me and RSPCA. It is time for new leadership. Eight and a half years has allowed me to achieve everything I set out to achieve. Sue and I had a number of goals that we agreed upon in 2005. We have ticked off every one of these goals.

Including the two mentioned above, successfully seeing an end to back yard fireworks in the ACT was a key outcome we wanted to achieve. Seeing an end to factory farming in the ACT was another. Improving animal welfare care and protection legislation was a third.

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Michael Linke moving on from the RSPCA
wildlife 1:11 am 22 Oct 13

the truth why he resigned, because he was dobbed in by another rspca worker for animal cruelty, pouring concrete into rabbit warrens on the rspca land, and of course trust the government to deny that he committed acts of animal cruelty by suffocating the rabbits to death, preventing the rabbits from escaping by pouring concrete down the rabbit warren, and the guy who dobbed him in, well he has been suspended to make sure that he doesn’t dob anyone else in for acts of animal cruelty in the rspca, and the work with kangaroos, he insisted that they be tortured to death, after they were tortured to death, he was rewarded for lying to the media and saying that it was done humanely, and look at him taking all of the credit for the ending of fireworks hard work researched by myself and circulated, and factory farming, that was all hard work done by Animal Lib. The rspca should have been shut down in 2008 for acts of animal cruelty, failing to prevent animal, however, the rspca should have been shut down in reality in 2005 when they abused taxpayers money to try and stop this group from getting our wildlife rehabilitation licence. The rspca then unlawfully trespassed onto my property last year and stole my wildlife so that they can kill them, wildlife that I saved and protected from the rspca and TAMS to prevent their death by them and defamed me with their vicious lies with ongoing animal cruelty as they ripped them out of my aviaries injuring them, leaving blood all over the aviaries that I had to scrub out. What the rspca can’t sell, they kill. The article above is a load of rubbish.

Queen_of_the_Bun 1:26 pm 15 Oct 13

neanderthalsis said :

Queen_of_the_Bun said :

thebrownstreak69 said :

Sheesh, everything’s gotta be about hating the Libs…

No, just about not wanting apolitical charities to join political campaigns about things that really don’t involve them.

By your logic, Greenpeace, being primarily an environmental advocacy body should, not comment on social policy issues and Amnesty should not comment on environmental issues. Increased operating costs caused by a new or increased tax is something that a charity has every right to comment on. I seem to recall such diverse bodies such as ACOSS, ACCI, the CFMEU and the AMWU all making noise about the adverse effects of the carbon tax on industry and society.

ACOSS, ACCI, the CFMEU and the AMWU are not charitable organisations for tax purposes, to the best of my knowledge,

Yes, you can claim your union fees off your tax. But for the RSPCA to line up behind the then Opposition on an issue that had nothing to do with animal welfare really turned me off. And I had previously been a monthly donor and someone who adopted a beautiful dog from the RSPCA.

Thumper 10:17 am 15 Oct 13

shirty_bear said :

We got our last three pooches from the RSPCA. The first was ~15 years ago, and we were very happy with them. But their performance has steadily deteriorated such that, for the latest hound (about 18 months ago), apart from physically supplying the dog, they did everything somewhere between badly and atrociously. Quite a disappointing – and expensive – exercise.

But we use them because they’re less evil than the pet store – puppy factory alternative.

Given the amount of government funding they get I’m surprised that they can provide any services.

And yes, I got my dog and two cats from there. Much better to rehome animals than support a market by buying them from a pet store or wherever.

shirty_bear 9:48 am 15 Oct 13

We got our last three pooches from the RSPCA. The first was ~15 years ago, and we were very happy with them. But their performance has steadily deteriorated such that, for the latest hound (about 18 months ago), apart from physically supplying the dog, they did everything somewhere between badly and atrociously. Quite a disappointing – and expensive – exercise.

But we use them because they’re less evil than the pet store – puppy factory alternative.

neanderthalsis 9:33 am 15 Oct 13

Queen_of_the_Bun said :

thebrownstreak69 said :

Sheesh, everything’s gotta be about hating the Libs…

No, just about not wanting apolitical charities to join political campaigns about things that really don’t involve them.

By your logic, Greenpeace, being primarily an environmental advocacy body should, not comment on social policy issues and Amnesty should not comment on environmental issues. Increased operating costs caused by a new or increased tax is something that a charity has every right to comment on. I seem to recall such diverse bodies such as ACOSS, ACCI, the CFMEU and the AMWU all making noise about the adverse effects of the carbon tax on industry and society.

IrishPete 4:12 am 15 Oct 13

c_c™ said :

Queen_of_the_Bun said :

He should have been sacked the day he allowed the RSPCA shelter to be used as a backdrop for a Tony Abbott carbon tax scare campaign doorstop.

He didn’t just give them a backdrop, he damn well joined in the Liberal spiel himself.

Here’s the transcript: http://www.liberal.org.au/latest-news/2012/06/26/tony-abbott-doorstop-interview-subjects-visit-rspca-julia-gillard’s-carbon

What a dick. Having whinged on and on about electricity prices, when asked a specific question about them he said “i can’t comment on electricity prices”. And then Abbott claims there will be a 14% increase in prices as a result the Carbon Tax. How does a 10% tax turn into 14%? It’s good to know the country is in such safe economic hands.

This incident had slipped my mind, but I have not been impressed with the animal welfare credentials of the RSPCA in the ACT, and some of their national initiatives are dodgy too. Saw “RSPCA-approved” chicken in Coles yesterday, whose description sounded like ersatz free-range.

IP

BimboGeek 5:30 pm 14 Oct 13

Zan said :

No such things as charities, they are all legitimate businesses.

It’s a tax status. There are certain criteria to gain it, generally that you should be spending most of your time doing something that benefits the world in some way.

It’s a legitimate business strategy.

Roundhead89 5:21 pm 14 Oct 13

Queen_of_the_Bun said :

He should have been sacked the day he allowed the RSPCA shelter to be used as a backdrop for a Tony Abbott carbon tax scare campaign doorstop.

At least he managed to extricate the RSPCA from the clutches of Animal Liberation and other extremist groups trying to use the good name of the RSPCA to push and give respectability to their stupid, radical nonsense. At one stage representatives from Animal Lib actually sat on the RSPCA board. I can remember Frankie Seymour from Animal Lib writing to the Crimes saying how proud she was that they had infiltrated the RSPCA and the organisation was “no longer about just cats and dogs”.

Zan 4:09 pm 14 Oct 13

No such things as charities, they are all legitimate businesses.

Postalgeek 3:57 pm 14 Oct 13

thebrownstreak69 said :

Sheesh, everything’s gotta be about hating the Greens Labor Libs…

Best come to terms with it because I don’t think there’s going to be any quarter given by any side.

Queen_of_the_Bun 3:53 pm 14 Oct 13

thebrownstreak69 said :

Sheesh, everything’s gotta be about hating the Libs…

No, just about not wanting apolitical charities to join political campaigns about things that really don’t involve them.

If he’d lent the RSPCA name to the Humane Society campaign against fur imports, that might have made sense. To jump on the great big carbon tax scare wagon really lost him, and sadly the ACT RSPCA, a lot of credibility.

thebrownstreak69 3:23 pm 14 Oct 13

Sheesh, everything’s gotta be about hating the Libs…

Queen_of_the_Bun 3:23 pm 14 Oct 13

c_c™ said :

Queen_of_the_Bun said :

He should have been sacked the day he allowed the RSPCA shelter to be used as a backdrop for a Tony Abbott carbon tax scare campaign doorstop.

He didn’t just give them a backdrop, he damn well joined in the Liberal spiel himself.

Here’s the transcript: http://www.liberal.org.au/latest-news/2012/06/26/tony-abbott-doorstop-interview-subjects-visit-rspca-julia-gillard’s-carbon

Which ironically he wouldn’t have been able to do under the Howard Government’s attempts to strip tax deductible status for charities which ran political campaigns.

Hopefully now they will get a CEO who is apolitical.

c_c™ 3:16 pm 14 Oct 13

Queen_of_the_Bun said :

He should have been sacked the day he allowed the RSPCA shelter to be used as a backdrop for a Tony Abbott carbon tax scare campaign doorstop.

He didn’t just give them a backdrop, he damn well joined in the Liberal spiel himself.

Here’s the transcript: http://www.liberal.org.au/latest-news/2012/06/26/tony-abbott-doorstop-interview-subjects-visit-rspca-julia-gillard’s-carbon

Queen_of_the_Bun 2:39 pm 14 Oct 13

He should have been sacked the day he allowed the RSPCA shelter to be used as a backdrop for a Tony Abbott carbon tax scare campaign doorstop.

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