26 September 2023

Animal welfare paper a pet project

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The Department of Primary Industries (DPI) has released a discussion paper on proposed reforms to the welfare of animals in NSW, inviting the public to have their say.

Minister for Agriculture, Adam Marshall said DPI’s NSW Animal Welfare Reform – Discussion Paper was the next step towards modernising the State’s animal welfare legislation.

“Expectations and animal welfare science have changed drastically in the 40 years since our existing laws were written,” Mr Marshall said.

“(The Paper) outlines a series of proposals about the future of animal welfare legislation and it’s important all stakeholders, from farmers to mum and dad pet owners, have the opportunity to provide us their feedback,” he said.

“With the community’s help, three pieces of legislation will be replaced with one modern Act.”

Mr Marshall said the Paper proposed setting a minimum care requirement for those responsible for animals; clarifying what constituted cruelty and who was responsible for the care of an animal; the introduction of a modern penalties framework, with increased penalty amounts and new and enhanced offences; and updated powers and tools to protect animals.

The Minister said feedback on the Paper would support legislation development to create an animal management framework that was easier to understand; closed loopholes; and reflected new best-practice since the original legislation was developed.

“I am calling on all members of the community to help shape the future of animal welfare in NSW,” he said.

Mr Marshall said people could have their say on the proposed reforms until 3 September by participating in an online survey or via a written submission.

NSW DPI’s 51-page Discussion Paper, including information on how to have a say, can be accessed at this PS News link.

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