One month until new animal welfare regulations take effect

New regulations to strengthen our animal welfare system will come into effect on 1 October 2018.

The Ministry for Primary Industries’ Director for Animal Health and Welfare, Dr Chris Rodwell, says the 45 new regulations cover a range of species and activities from stock transport and farm husbandry procedures to companion and working animals like dogs and horses.

“With under a month to go until these new regulations come into effect, we want to encourage people, who are responsible for any type of animal, to check they are up to date in how they are looking after them,” says Dr Rodwell.

“Our team has been working with industry and sector groups to raise awareness of the regulations and ensure people understand and can meet their responsibilities.

“Most New Zealanders already care for their animals well, so if you’re already doing the right thing, you won’t see a lot of change.

The majority of the regulations reflect existing standards, but some set new rules and requirements, such as prohibiting the tail docking of cows and dogs.

One of the main regulatory changes will make it easier for the ministry and the SPCA to take action against animal mistreatment.

In developing the regulations, current science, good practice, and the views of submitters were taken into consideration.

More information can be found HERE. 

Source:  Ministry for Primary Industries 

Author: Bob Edlin

Editor of AgScience Magazine and Editor of the AgScience Blog

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