An­i­mal wel­fare stan­dards

Manawatu Guardian - - NEWS -

New an­i­mal wel­fare re­quire­ments for man­ag­ing com­pan­ion an­i­mals in tem­po­rary hous­ing come into ef­fect from Oc­to­ber 1. The new Code of Wel­fare was de­vel­oped by the Na­tional An­i­mal Wel­fare Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee (NAWAC). NAWAC chair Dr Gwyneth Verk­erk says the new code sets out min­i­mum stan­dards and best prac­tice for an­i­mals in tem­po­rary hous­ing.

It ap­plies to cats and dogs, and an­i­mals not cov­ered by an ex­ist­ing codes of wel­fare, such as guinea pigs, rab­bits, mice, rats, fish and tur­tles. Min­i­mum stan­dards in­clude pro­vid­ing food and wa­ter, tem­per­a­ture and light­ing, air and wa­ter qual­ity, be­hav­iour, health and dis­ease, and sale or re­hom­ing.

It ap­plies to an­i­mals in board­ing fa­cil­i­ties and ken­nels, pet shops, an­i­mal wel­fare cen­tres and pounds, an­i­mal day-care cen­tres, groom­ing es­tab­lish­ments and quar­an­tine or iso­la­tion fa­cil­i­ties.

“The aim of the code is to en­cour­age all those re­spon­si­ble for the wel­fare of these an­i­mals to adopt the high­est stan­dards of hus­bandry, care and han­dling. ”

The code will as­sure pet own­ers that the phys­i­cal, health and be­havioural needs of their an­i­mals are met and any pain and dis­tress is al­le­vi­ated in fa­cil­i­ties.

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