- New regulations to allow implementation of Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines in Western Australia for the first time
- Regulations to bring into effect national livestock standards for land transport and for saleyards and depots
- Consultation closes on February 21, 2020
Consultation has opened on new regulations to bring animal welfare rules for transport of livestock into line with other States and Territories.
The McGowan Government amended the Animal Welfare Act 2002 in late 2018 to allow National Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines to be implemented in Western Australia for the first time.
The draft Animal Welfare (Livestock) Regulations 2019 will implement national standards for livestock land transport and for saleyards and depots.
Draft regulations have been released for consultation, with views sought from the Western Australian community, industry and key stakeholders.
The aim of the consultation is to consider the implementation of the standards in WA, not to alter the technical requirements which have already been endorsed by all states and territories.
Explanatory information is available on the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development's website, including a list of frequently asked questions.
The consultation closes at 5pm on Friday February 21, 2020. For more about the process, please visit: http://www.agric.wa.gov.au/animalwelfare/animal-welfare-livestock-regulations-2019
Comments attributed to Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan:
"For too long, Western Australia has lagged behind the other jurisdictions in the country, and it's incredibly important that we take this next step to implement the national Standards and Guidelines for land transport and for saleyards and depots.
"When the Livestock Regulations are brought into operation, we will move away from animal welfare legislation that relies on an act of cruelty being proven and prosecutions only being able to be progressed through the courts.
"For the first time, we will be able to issue infringement notices for breaches of the regulations.
"The McGowan Government is committed to modernising WA's animal welfare system, a position which reflects the views of many Western Australians.
"While the broader review of the Animal Welfare Act continues, our next priority is to regulate national standards for cattle."
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