Livestock

Public submissions open for animal cruelty regulations

By Rodney Woods

The Victorian Government is asking for feedback on proposed new regulations to prevent cruelty to animals in the state.

Agriculture Minister Jaclyn Symes announced the opening of consultation on the proposed Prevention of Cruelty to Animal (POCTA) Regulations 2019, which will make improvements on important animal welfare issues including:

Animal transportation and tethering requirements.

Use of pain relief for mulesing of sheep.

Sale and use of wildlife-safe fruit netting.

Sale and use of electronic devices.

Approvals and other processes related to the use of traps.

Operational and administrative processes for rodeos.

Scientific procedure record-keeping, the sourcing of animals, and training of Animal Ethic Committee members.

The POCTA Regulations aim to protect the welfare of animals in Victoria by supporting the state’s primary animal welfare legislation to prevent, or minimise, harm through regulation of specific activities.

The new regulations will replace the existing regulations, which expire on December 15.

Consultation is open until Thursday, September 26. For more information, and to provide feedback, visit: engage.vic.gov.au/prevention-cruelty-animals-draft-regulations-2019