RSPCA WA president Lynne Bradshaw says the message from WA lobby groups at last week's State parliamentary inquiry was ill-informed.
WA lobby groups WAFarmers and the Pastoralists and Graziers Association (PGA) presented their concerns about the RSPCA's stance against live exports in evidence to the inquiry hearing last week.
The committee includes Nationals MLC Paul Brown, Greens MLC Lynn McLaren and Labor MLC Sally Talbot and Liberal MLC Nigel Hallett and was chaired by Shooters and Fishers Party MLC Rick Mazza, who are looking into the role of the RSPCA in WA.
The groups expressed concerns that the RSPCA WA was transitioning into an animal rights group.
As the RSPCA is able to prosecute people for breaches of animal welfare legislation and receives government funding of $500,000 annually to help it fulfil that responsibility, both lobby groups were concerned whether the funding could assist the group campaign against legal businesses such as the live export trade.
But Ms Bradshaw said the funding was spent on approved purposes.
"It is misleading and inaccurate to suggest RSPCA WA uses government funding inappropriately," she said.
"The funding is under an agreement which ensures it is spent on approved purposes only and has a high level of accountability to government.
"Government funding provides only a small part of RSPCA WA's revenue.
"The State government and the people of WA get great value for money."
PGA representative Ian Randles, who testified last week, told the Farm Weekly the RSPCA of WA's previous actions had cause it to be criticised.
"We don't appose the RSPCA as such," he said.
"We oppose their ill-informed position on live export.
"As long as they hold that position they will antagonise farmers."
Ms Bradshaw said the RSPCA WA engages directly with farmers and representatives attended sheep and livestock meetings in Moora, Merredin, Katanning, Ravensthorpe, Esperance, Wickepin and Badgingarra.
"We know the majority of farmers are against animal cruelty," she said.
"Many livestock complaints investigated by the RSPCA are made by farmers concerned about animal welfare.
"RSPCA WA advocates for improvements in animal welfare and fights against cruelty to animals regardless of location and circumstances.
"The RSPCA has opposed live export for more than 30 years.
"It accepts the trade is legal but will continue to push for the best possible conditions for animals sold into the trade."
The RSPCA will be appearing before the next inquiry hearing on Monday, September 7.
p Correction from 'Farm Lobby tells inquiry of RSPCA fears' Farm Weekly, August 20, 2015: Liberal MLC Nigel Hallett was present on the committee for last week's parliamentary inquiry, but was absent for a duration of the inquiry due to health reasons.