Wel­fare rules fill a gap

CHB Mail - - Property Brokers -

The Min­istry of Pri­mary In­dus­tries says new an­i­mal wel­fare reg­u­la­tions will fill a gap be­tween the An­i­mal Wel­fare Act and Codes of Wel­fare.

As of last Mon­day, 64 new an­i­mal wel­fare reg­u­la­tions were in­tro­duced, 13 re­lated to the trans­port of an­i­mals.

The new reg­u­la­tions were dis­cussed at the Road Trans­port Fo­rum Con­fer­ence held in Dunedin last week.

Chair­man of the Na­tional Live­stock Trans­port and Safety Group, Don Wil­son, of Pukekohe, said the on­go­ing con­sul­ta­tion for the new reg­u­la­tions showed the trans­port in­dus­try’s com­mit­ment to the cor­rect treat­ment of stock.

Un­der the new rules, a farmer could be fined $500 for trans­port­ing an an­i­mal with a pre-ex­ist­ing con­di­tion without a vet cer­tifi­cate.

Trans­porters can be fined $500 if an an­i­mal is loaded, un­loaded or trans­ported in a man­ner that causes in­jury, in­clud­ing back rub.

MPI man­ager of an­i­mal wel­fare sec­tor sup­port Leonie Ward said the min­istry would con­tinue train­ing so that both trans­port com­pa­nies and driv­ers were aware of the rules. MPI had pro­duced pam­phlets and posters to be dis­trib­uted in ru­ral cen­tres.

Changes to the An­i­mal Wel­fare Act in May 2015 gave MPI the abil­ity to make reg­u­la­tions un­der the An­i­mal Wel­fare Act.

MPI could bet­ter en­force the Act by set­ting out clear rules to pro­tect an­i­mal wel­fare. Ms Ward said any se­vere of­fend­ing would still be dealt with un­der the An­i­mal Wel­fare Act.

“A lot of in­ci­dences don’t jus­tify a court case . . . the reg­u­la­tions mean some­one can re­ceive a fine or in­fringe­ment.”

A few reg­u­la­tions set new rules such as pro­hibit­ing tail dock­ing on cat­tle and dogs.


MPI man­ager of an­i­mal wel­fare sec­tor sup­port Leonie Ward (left) and an­i­mal wel­fare se­nior ad­viser Shari Man­nan.

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