THE WHIS­PERER

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - PETS - Anne Box­hall Email abox­hall@ big­pond. com

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.

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