The Andrews Labor Government is inviting Victorians to provide feedback on proposed new regulations to prevent cruelty to animals in Victoria.
Member for Northern Victoria, Mark Gepp MP today welcomed the opening of public consultation on the proposed Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (POCTA) Regulations 2019, which will make improvements and modernise the existing regulations 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.
Regulation is needed to set the minimum standard of animal welfare and ensure it is maintained alongside community expectations and values. With the growing level of knowledge and expectation – there is greater agreement that animals need to be better protected by legislation.
The proposed new regulations and associated Regulatory Impact Statement can be viewed on the Engage Victoria website. The new regulations will replace the existing regulations, which expire on 15 December.
Consultation is open until Thursday 26 September. For more information, visit: engage.vic.gov.au/prevention-cruelty-animals-draft-regulations-2019.
Quote attributable to Mark Gepp MP, Member for Northern Victoria
“This is an opportunity for people across the Northern Victoria region to have their say on an update to Victoria’s animal welfare regulations.”
“The proposed regulations seek to address and strengthen some important animal welfare issues and I’d encourage everyone to have their say through the Engage Victoria website.”