By April Murphy
Queensland Government has initiated a significant review of animal welfare laws to ensure the state laws keep pace with community expectations.
Queenslanders have been invited to have their say before midnight, Friday, May 21. Visit biosecurity.qld.gov.au and search for ‘ACPA review’ to complete the survey or submit a written response.
Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries and Minister for Rural Communities Mark Furner said the review would continue to ensure that animal welfare laws remain current and protective in Queensland.
“I know Queenslanders love their animals as valued members of their families,” says Mr Furner.
Mr Furner stated that the animals are also vital to agricultural production, involved in sport and recreational activities, and assist individuals and services in quarantine and security.
The current laws have been in place for twenty years and without a significant review. Mr Furner agrees that the community expectations for animal welfare have evolved.
“This review will examine all aspects of the Animal Care and Protection Act 2001 to ensure that the Act continues to meet changing community expectations and modern animal welfare practices,” says Mr Furner.
The Queensland Government will be working closely with the RSPCA for this review.
The Government is also seeking the input of anyone who has an interest in the care of animals.
The area’s requiring feedback include:
• Mandatory reporting by veterinary professionals of animal welfare concerns
• Prohibited events, regulated surgical procedures and offence exemptions
• The use of baits and traps
• Restraining dogs in open utility vehicles and trucks
• The use of animals in science
• Inspector powers and arrangements for externally appointed inspectors
• The management of animals seized during animal welfare investigations; and
• Penalties for animal cruelty