An­i­mal wel­fare plan set ahead of fire sea­son

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The State Gov­ern­ment has launched an Emer­gency An­i­mal Wel­fare Plan to pro­tect an­i­mals dur­ing nat­u­ral dis­as­ters.

The gov­ern­ment launched the plan ahead of the up­com­ing fire sea­son.

De­vel­oped in line with Vic­to­ria’s emer­gency frame­work, the new up­dated plan out­lines how com­mu­ni­ties and emer­gency ser­vices can work to­gether to bet­ter man­age an­i­mal wel­fare be­fore, dur­ing and im­me­di­ately af­ter emer­gen­cies such as fires, floods and ex­treme weather events.

It cov­ers all an­i­mals, in­clud­ing wildlife, and sets out the par­tic­u­lar roles and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties for an­i­mal own­ers, farm­ers, breed­ers, busi­nesses, the com­mu­nity, gov­ern­ment or­gan­i­sa­tions and Vic­to­ria’s emer­gency ser­vices to en­sure the wel­fare of all an­i­mals dur­ing an emer­gency. The plan also in­cor­po­rates the 2009 Vic­to­rian Bush­fire Royal Com­mis­sion’s rec­om­men­da­tion to in­clude more con­sid­er­a­tion of the bond be­tween hu­mans and an­i­mals in its plan­ning to en­hance public safety and re­duce an­i­mal suf­fer­ing in an emer­gency sit­u­a­tion.

Peo­ple will of­ten not leave their prop­er­ties with­out their an­i­mals or with­out know­ing their an­i­mals are safe, putting them­selves at risk.

Know­ing an­i­mals are safe can make all the dif­fer­ence dur­ing an emer­gency.

Peo­ple can visit www.agri­cul­ture.vic.gov.au for more in­for­ma­tion.

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