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17 July 2002
The National Animal Welfare Advisory Committee (NAWAC) released the Draft
Code of Welfare for Layer Hens today, with a closing date for submissions of 28
NAWAC will then consider all submissions and other matters that it is
required to consider under the Animal Welfare Act 1999. Based on previous
experience it is expected several hundred submissions could be received. The
earliest date for NAWAC to recommend a finalised code to the Minister of
Agriculture is likely to be November.
The purpose of a code of welfare is to establish minimum standards with
regard to the way in which people care for, and conduct themselves towards,
animals which are owned by them or are in their charge.
Every submission on the draft code should specify the reasons for supporting
the aspects supported and the reasons for opposing the aspects opposed.
Submissions are also invited to include any alternatives to provisions of the
The draft code is available on the MAF website at http://www.biosecurity.govt.nz/regs/animal-welfare
or at public libraries.
For further information contact:
Stephen Olsen, Communications Adviser
Direct line: (04) 470 2753; Cell phone: (025) 977 028 or Philippa White,
Communications Adviser Direct line: (04) 498 9948; Cell phone: (025) 223 1875