New Zealand introduce new animal welfare regulations

New Zealand introduce new animal welfare regulations

The Ministry of Primary Industry change the most recent rules include a ban on docking dogs' tails unless a vet approves it, mandatory pain relief for cattle being de-horned, and prohibiting the transportation of lame, diseased, or sick animals. The 46 new rules follow the stricter bobby calf regulations introduced last year after several cases of abuse were documented by SAFE and Farmwatch. The new regulations also cover the way animals are accounted for in research, testing and teaching.

Last year, the Ministry for Primary Industries had more than 1400 submissions on its proposed 91 animal welfare regulations. The ministry has confirmed 46 regulations to be developed this year - most of them would come into force next October - and its said that the remaining will be looked at next year and potentially introduced in 2019.