Dean Rowland and myself attended the Animal Welfare Legislation Workshop on Monday 20th February at the offices of the DEDJTR in Atwood.
Timelines: They believe that any new legislation will not become law before the end of 2018.
Proposed Animal Welfare Framework:
+ Obligation Things you must do
+Unregulated space Things you are must to do
+Regulated Activities Things you are free to do
+Regulated activities Things you can do as specified, including some things you must do
+Cruelty, Aggravated Cruelty Things you must do
What the new act might look like i.e. Examples of how things might be done?
+Proposed to introduce a proactive “duty of care” approach through obligations
+Obligations will be based around the core needs of the animal
+Obligations will be mandatory
+Possible obligations: Water, food, treatment, environment, handling, killing and general.
Potential -----------------Regulated Activities
Level Category Competence
1 Prohibited Exempt by regulation, veterinary practitioner for therapeutic reasons.
2 Acts of Vet care To be performed only by a registered Vet
3 Para professional Require a level of competency or possibly procedures by a third party
4 General Husbandry Can be performed by a day to day person
Roles of Codes of Practice under POCTA
Currently there are 28 codes of practice i.e. Code of practice for Cage Birds, some of these code are over 20 years old and they will be replaced
Need to identify minimum standard going forward.
General comment on the workshop:
There was a lot of confusion in the morning as the session seemed to be pitched at bureaucrats , after further questioning things became clearer. Generally the groups thought the day was about reviewing the currently legislation “What’s working “ and “What needs changing” as we found out the day was pitched at a high level “The first stage” Developing the act. During the day one of the participants sort assurances that these new changes to the legislation were not being driven by “Animal liberationist”
In summary it is extremely important that “Aviculturalists” are part of the ongoing consulting/review process as this new legislation can have significant impact on our hobby in the future.
David Renshaw & Dean Rowlands