Dr Hugh Wirth: remembering a life dedicated to animals

Dr Hugh Wirth: remembering a life dedicated to animals


Prominent animal welfare campaigner, veterinarian and radio personality, Dr Hugh Wirth passed away this week.

For over two decades, Hugh served on the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA), board in various roles. He retired from the World Animal Protection (as the charity is now known) International Board in November 2014. 

A well-known public figure and passionate campaigner, Hugh fought tirelessly for animal welfare. He will be remembered for successful animal welfare campaigns including ending puppy tail docking and stopping the export of horses to Japan for slaughter, as well as his no-nonsense pet advice on ABC Radio Melbourne. 

Hugh was the president of RSPCA Victoria’s board from 1972 to 2015. He was also on the RSPCA Australia board for 35 years before stepping down due to ailing health three years ago. He was made a member of the order of Australia in 1985 and was named Victorian of the Year in 1997.