Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines

In terms of animal welfare, each state is governed under its own Act, as follows:

State Animal Welfare Act 
ACT Animal Welfare Act 1992
NSW Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1979
NT Animal Welfare Act
Qld Animal Care and Protection Act 2001
SA Animal Welfare Act 1985
Tas Animal Welfare Act 1993
Vic Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1986
WA Animal Welfare Act 2002

For further detail visit: Department of Agriculture and Water Resources

 

 

Standards & Guidelines

From the Australian Government: Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines

The states and territories are working to develop and implement nationally consistent animal welfare standards and guidelines.

Standards and guidelines for sheep, cattle, poultry, exhibited animals and for livestock at saleyards and depots are at various stages of development. Industry and community stakeholders are directly involved in the development process.

Standards and guidelines in development

Sheep

The Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines for Sheep are being developed using the principles described in the Standards and Guidelines Development Business Plan and are being drafted by a writing group with representatives from the:

  • state and territory governments
  • Sheepmeat Council of Australia and WoolProducers
  • CSIRO
  • Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources.

The group has an independent Chair, and is managed by Animal Health Australia.

See the Animal Welfare Standards website for more information.

Current standards and guidelines

Land transport of livestock

Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines for the Land Transport of Livestock were developed using the Standards and Guidelines Development Business Plan, and the process was managed by Animal Health Australia.

The Standards were developed from seven Model Codes of Practice and provisions on livestock transport appearing in 13 other codes. They were endorsed by the former Standing Council on Primary Industries in May 2009 and are currently being implemented by the states and territories.

They cover the transport of livestock by road or rail. From an animal welfare perspective, this commences at the time that animals are first deprived of feed and water prior to loading, to the time that livestock have access to water (with the exception of day–old chicks and poultry sent for processing) at the completion of the journey (destination), and includes:

  • mustering and assembly
  • handling and waiting periods prior to loading
  • loading, journey duration, travel conditions, spelling periods
  • unloading and holding time.

The Standards apply to all people responsible for the care and management of livestock involved in the transport of livestock, including agents, transport operators, people on farms, at depots, saleyards, feedlots and processing plants. The Standards apply to the major commercial livestock species:

  • cattle
  • sheep
  • pigs
  • goats
  • poultry (broilers, layers, turkeys, ducks, geese)
  • ratites (emus and ostrich)
  • buffalo
  • deer
  • camels
  • alpacas and
  • horses (including horses used for sport and recreation).

See the Animal Welfare Standards website or the Animal Health Australia website for more information.

 

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