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Western Australia Minister for Agriculture and Food Alannah MacTiernan

Consultation Opens On Livestock Regulations

Victor P Taffa

  • 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 21 February 2020

Consultation has opened on new regulations to bring animal welfare rules for transport of livestock into line with other States and Territories.

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.

“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.” Minister for Agriculture and Food Alannah MacTiernan said.

“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.”

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.

Aim of the consultation is to consider the implementation of the standards in Western Australia, 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.

Consultation closes at 5 pm on Friday 21 February 2020.

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