THERE are just five days left in which to have your say on Tasmania’s Animal Welfare Act.
A review of the Act is under way in an attempt to ensure it keeps pace with community attitudes on animal welfare and provides the level of protection we expect for animals.
The submission process closes at 5pm on Friday, November 16.
A user- friendly form is available at www. dpiw. tas. gov. au, along with a discussion paper with all the details.
The Animal Welfare Advisory Committee has tailored the review around certain issues, including animal cruelty offences, prosecutions and penalties, the welfare of animals kept for breeding purposes, the removal of animals from at- risk situations, as well as proposals around the operation of their own committee.
The online submission allows for short- form comments or further writing to suggest alternatives. There is space provided at the end of the form to raise any issues or proposals you think are important as part of the review but haven’t already been covered.
A proposal to broaden the responsibility for animals at risk, including the establishment of a dedicated unit of Tasmania Police to inspect animal cruelty cases, is likely to be raised in this context.
Also the need to implement a breeder permit or licensing system to regulate puppy and kitten farming.
An effective licensing scheme would see the introduction of mandatory, enforceable standards and help bring an end to large- scale commercial breeding operations.
Breeder permit systems have already been implemented in some states and are a ‘‘ work in progress’’ in others.
National consistency is important to protect the animals involved.
As the purpose of the Animal Welfare Act is to prevent cruelty and ensure the welfare of animals, pastimes such as rodeos, duck- shooting and muttonbirding are also likely to attract comment, along with the management of livestock.
This is your chance to let the Government know what the community’s expectations are.
Don’t miss it.