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29 April 2010
Minimum standards of animal welfare and recommended best practices for
everyone responsible for farmed goats are outlined in a draft code of welfare
released for consultation by the National Animal Welfare Advisory Committee
NAWAC Chairman John Hellström says the Committee welcomes submissions from
anyone interested in goat welfare or involved in their management.
"Goats are kept in a variety of situations in New Zealand, from being farmed
for international meat and fibre trade, to tethered on the roadside. There is an
onus on all owners and people in charge of goats to look after them
appropriately, regardless of how they are kept. As well as establishing how
their welfare is properly and best attended to, the draft code provides an
important statement to the international community of the animal welfare
standards we expect in New Zealand."
"We have released the code for public consultation. No final decisions have
been made yet, we want to know whether the minimum standards and recommendations
being made go too far or not far enough."
Efficient goat management requires experience and high standards of care. The
draft code is intended to encourage all those responsible for the welfare of
goats to exceed the minimum standards and adopt the best industry practices of
husbandry, care and handling.
The code includes all goats contained (held within a boundary fence), kept as
pets, tethered, or held on game estates or safari parks. The proposed minimum
standards cover stockmanship and handling; tethering; the provision of food,
water and shelter; housing, breeding (including artificial reproductive
techniques), kidding and management of kids (including hand rearing). Specific
requirements for the preparation and selection of animals for transport and
emergency humane destruction are also included.
The code was originally developed by an industry-convened writing group, with
input from the milk, fibre and meat goat sectors. It applies to all goats farmed
in New Zealand for milk, fibre or meat production. It does not apply to goats
that are "wild animals" under the Wild Animal Control Act, but it does apply to
captured feral goats.
NAWAC is now seeking public feedback on the draft code which is available at
closing date for submissions is 9 June 2010.
Anyone wanting to make a submission on the draft code should do so in writing
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