Improving voluntary compliance
The Safeguarding our Animals, Safeguarding our Reputation programme is about improving voluntary compliance with animal welfare laws. Activities include:
- developing resources to support farmers and veterinarians
- educating people who work with production animals through workshops and conferences
- improving awareness and understanding of regulations and codes of welfare.
The Animal Welfare Act, regulations and Codes of Welfare
The aim of the programme is to educate owners and people in charge of animals about their animal welfare responsibilities to improve compliance with the Animal Welfare Act 1999.
Codes of welfare provide information about the minimum standards required and recommended best practices for animal care. We encourage everyone who is an owner or who works with animals to be familiar with the code of welfare for their species or activities (for example, the Code of Welfare for Transport within New Zealand 2018).
Regulations have also been issued under the Animal Welfare Act 1999.
Regulations currently in force are for young calves, stock transport, farm husbandry, companion and working animals, pigs, layer hens, crustaceans, rodeos, and exporting live animals. More regulations that clarify who can carry out some surgical procedures on animals, and under what circumstances, will come into force on 9 May 2021.
Find out more
- Animal Welfare Act 1999 – New Zealand Legislation website
- Codes of Welfare
- Animal welfare legal overview
- Guide to the Animal Welfare Care and Procedures Regulations
- Use an online tool to find all the requirements for your animal or activity – Zingtree website