About the regulations
The Animal Welfare (Care and Procedures) Regulations 2018 allow better enforcement of low to medium animal welfare offending. They also clarify who can carry out certain surgical procedures on animals and how they should be done. If an animal’s welfare is seriously compromised, penalties under the Animal Welfare Act 1999 apply.
Read the Animal Welfare (Care and Procedures) Regulations – NZ Legislation
Animal Welfare Act 1999 – NZ Legislation
Browse our guidance on the regulations
When the regulations apply
The first set of regulations have been in force since 2016, and more have been added over time. The most recent set came into effect on 9 May 2021.
25 July 2016 – Treatment of young calves
1 October 2018 – Stock transport, farm husbandry, care of animals
1 October 2019 – Disbudding and dehorning cattle
27 August 2020 – Electric prodder use at slaughter premises and infringement fee for not complying with a Compliance Notice
14 December 2020 – Use of farrowing crate and mating stalls for pigs
9 May 2021 – Surgical procedures on animals
What you need to do
If you own or work with animals, you need to be aware of your legal obligations.
Check the regulations to see if you need to:
- change your practices
- provide additional staff training
- make other changes to the way you care for your animals.
Find out about minimum standards and recommended best practices when caring for your animals. The codes are updated in line with new regulations, so make sure you have the latest edition.
'Ask Reg' for all the details
Use an online tool – Ask Reg – to find all the requirements for your animal or activity.
Selecting an animal or activity (such as goats or transporting) in Ask Reg will provide you with applicable:
- guidance on those regulations
- minimum standards and recommended best practices from across the codes of welfare
Ask Reg for your animal welfare requirements – Zingtree
Guidance on regulations
We've grouped our guidance on the regulations by animal type (species) or activity.
Note that information on this page is guidance only. You can check the full regulation by clicking its numbered title – this will take you to the regulation on the NZ Legislation website.
You can also download or order codes and leaflets (free of charge) on different animals and activities.
Check our list of leaflets on the Animal Welfare Regulations