Protecting Victoria’s Animals From Cruelty

16 December 2019

The Andrews Labor Government is introducing new rules to protect the welfare of Victorian animals, with the updated Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (POCTA) Regulations now in effect

Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes announced the rules that will come into force, following extensive consultation that attracted more than 2,000 submissions helping shape a new modern set of regulations.

Animals play a huge part in Victorians’ everyday lives and play a crucial role in the state’s economy. It is important that the POCTA regulations support Victoria’s primary animal welfare legislation to minimise harm to animals.

The new regulations replace the existing 2008 POCTA Regulations which were due to expire, making important improvements on animal welfare issues including:

  • Animal transportation and tethering requirements
  • Confinement of animals in vehicles on hot days
  • Use of pain relief for mulesing of sheep
  • Sale and use of appropriate fruit tree netting to protect wildlife
  • Operational and administrative processes for rodeos
  • Scientific procedure record-keeping and the sourcing of animals.

The Labor Government will now separately progress the review of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1986 and our commitment to modernise Victoria’s animal welfare laws; to support better harm prevention, improved education for those who live and work around animals and a more effective regulatory and penalty response.

For more information about the new POCTA Regulations 2019, visit Link .

Quotes attributable to Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes

“Whether they’re domestic or farmed, animals are important to so many Victorians - these updated regulations are a step forward in ensuring that our animals are being treated fairly and respectfully.”

“From banning dogs being left in cars when it’s over 28°C to pain relief when mulesing sheep, these regulations will make sure everyone living and working with animals knows how to keep them safe and free from pain.”

“Many Victorians had their say on the modernisation of the regulations; I want to thank everyone for their important and diverse feedback.”

Reviewed 19 August 2020

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