Farm Di­ary

New an­i­mal wel­fare rules (& fines) that af­fect you

NZ Lifestyle Block - - Contents - Words Nadene Hall

New reg­u­la­tions will give the Min­istry for Pri­mary In­dus­tries (MPI) and the SPCA more power to en­force an­i­mal wel­fare on blocks and farms.

The reg­u­la­tions cover the ba­sic care of live­stock, and many of the pro­ce­dures, that most block own­ers carry out on a reg­u­lar ba­sis.

If your care is not up to stan­dard, there is now a range of new fines for in­di­vid­u­als, from $300-$5000.

The An­i­mal Wel­fare (Care and Pro­ce­dures) Reg­u­la­tions 2018, cov­ers low-to-medium an­i­mal wel­fare of­fences. It’s things like not sup­ply­ing shel­ter to a teth­ered goat; col­lars caus­ing an an­i­mal pain; cas­tra­tion with­out pain relief.

Those com­mit­ting se­ri­ous of­fences of an­i­mal cru­elty will still be pros­e­cuted un­der the An­i­mal Wel­fare Act. Check out the full list of all the new reg­u­la­tions: www.mpi.govt.nz/an­i­mal­regs

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