- Amendments will enable enforcement of national animal welfare standards for livestock to strengthen public confidence in industry
- First substantial changes to the Animal Welfare Act 2002
The McGowan Government will today introduce to State Parliament legislative changes that will significantly improve animal welfare in Western Australia.
The amendments to the Animal Welfare Act 2002 will enable the State to legally enforce national welfare standards for livestock, bringing WA in line with most of the country.
All other States and Territories, except for the Australian Capital Territory, have already regulated national welfare standards for land transport of livestock agreed to in 2012, but the Animal Welfare Act has prevented this occurring in WA.
The amendments also include provisions for the appointment of a new class of animal welfare inspector with the power to enter any non-residential place or vehicle to check compliance with the Act and regulations, as well as official directions and court orders.
The McGowan Government is currently undertaking a full review of the Animal Welfare Act.
Comments attributed to Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan:
"We have moved quickly to identify and address serious deficiencies in the regulation of animal welfare in Western Australia.
"The amendments to the Act are a tangible step towards improving the welfare of livestock in this State. New regulations will give industry and the community clear guidance on minimum standards to be met and will help to strengthen public confidence in the livestock sector.
"These changes are long overdue to keep up with community expectations about animal welfare and are the first changes since the Act was introduced 15 years ago.
"They act as an important stop-gap measure while we undertake a full review of the Animal Welfare Act to modernise animal welfare in WA.
"We will consult further with livestock industries and others interested in animal welfare prior to drafting regulations to ensure support for the standards."
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