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Monday, January 16, 2006

Animal Welfare - Steven Kons, MHA - Tasmanian Government Media Releases

Animal Welfare - Steven Kons, MHA - Tasmanian Government Media Releases

The Minister for Primary Industries and Water, Steve Kons, says the incident involving a bull involved with the rodeo event at Carrick is being investigated by the RSPCA.

“If a case can be made that cruelty was inflicted on the bull, charges can be laid under the Animal Welfare Act 1993,” Mr Kons said.

“A number of submissions regarding rodeos have been made to the review of the Animal Welfare Act, which is now being undertaken.

“A Rodeo Standard could be developed and considered as part of the review of the Act.

“An Animal Welfare Standard for Road Transport of Livestock within Tasmania already exists and it covers loading of animals.

“The relevant section states that: ‘Cruelty or ill-treatment of stock cannot be tolerated. The excessive prodding or goading of animals, especially those which have little or no room to move, exposes the operator to the cruelty provisions of the Animal Welfare Act’.”

Mr Kons said recommendations out of the review of the Animal Welfare Act 1993 are being developed and he expects to see them soon.

Any changes to the legislation are expected to be made by the end of the year.


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