Animal welfare standards
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.