New an­i­mal wel­fare reg­u­la­tions in ef­fect

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New reg­u­la­tions to strengthen our an­i­mal wel­fare sys­tem came into ef­fect on Oc­to­ber 1.

Min­istry for Pri­mary In­dus­tries di­rec­tor for an­i­mal health and wel­fare Dr Chris Rod­well says the 45 new reg­u­la­tions cover a range of species and ac­tiv­i­ties from stock trans­port and farm hus­bandry pro­ce­dures to com­pan­ion and work­ing an­i­mals like dogs and horses.

“We want to en­cour­age peo­ple, who are re­spon­si­ble for any type of an­i­mal, to check they are up to date in how they are look­ing af­ter them,” says Dr Rod­well. “Our team has been work­ing with in­dus­try and sec­tor groups to raise aware­ness of the reg­u­la­tions and en­sure peo­ple un­der­stand and can meet their re­spon­si­bil­i­ties.

“Most New Zealan­ders al­ready care for their an­i­mals well, so if you’re al­ready do­ing the right thing, you won’t see a lot of change.

“The ma­jor­ity of the reg­u­la­tions re­flect ex­ist­ing stan­dards, but there are a few that do set new rules and re­quire­ments, such as pro­hibit­ing the tail dock­ing of cows and dogs.

“Even if you al­ready think you are do­ing the right thing, it’s best to check and make sure you are.”

One of the main changes is that the new reg­u­la­tions will make it eas­ier for MPI and the SPCA to take ac­tion against an­i­mal mis­treat­ment.

“These reg­u­la­tions will al­low us to bet­ter re­spond to lower lev­els of of­fend­ing, and tar­get spe­cific be­hav­iours that need to change.

“For ex­am­ple, if peo­ple al­low their an­i­mal’s horns to be­come in­grown, they can be fined $500,” he says.

“We will con­tinue to pros­e­cute the worst of­fend­ers un­der the An­i­mal Wel­fare Act,” Dr Rod­well says.

In de­vel­op­ing the new an­i­mals wel­fare reg­u­la­tions, cur­rent science, good prac­tice, and the views of sub­mit­ters were taken into con­sid­er­a­tion.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the reg­u­la­tions, and to check if you’re do­ing it right, head to: www.mpi.govt.nz/an­i­mal­regs

A botched tail dock of a puppy.

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