Queensland’s animal welfare laws under review

Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries and Minister for Rural Communities The Honourable Mark Furner

Queenslanders have been invited to have their say as the Palaszczuk Government initiates a major review of animal welfare laws to ensure Queensland laws keep pace with community expectations.

Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries and Minister for Rural Communities Mark Furner said the review will continue to ensure that our animal welfare laws remain current and protect the welfare of all animals in Queensland .

“I know Queenslanders love their animals as valued members of their families,” Mr Furner said.

“They are also vital to agricultural production, involved in sport and recreational activities, and they assist individuals and services in areas such as quarantine and security.”

“While the current laws have served us well, they’ve been operating for 20 years without a significant review. In that time, the community’s expectations for animal welfare has 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.

“RSPCA Queensland is an important animal welfare partner with the Queensland Government and we will be working closely with them on this review.

“I encourage anyone who has an interest in the care of animals to have a say as part of the review – whether you have pets, produce livestock for a living, or work with animals.”

As part of the review, we are seeking feedback on issues including:

  • 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.

Have your say before midnight, Friday May 21, 2021. Visit biosecurity.qld.gov.au and search for ‘ACPA review’ to complete the survey or submit a written response.

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