THE livestock industry has until May 21 to comment on the Palaszczuk government's major review of Queensland's animal welfare laws.
Agricultural Industry Development Minister Mark Furner said while the current laws had served Queensland well, they had been operating for 20 years without a significant review.
The RSPCA would be working closely with the Queensland Government ton the review, he said.
"This review will examine all aspects of the Animal Care and Protection Act 2001 to ensure that the Act continues to meet changing community expectations and modern animal welfare practices," Mr Furner said.
"I encourage anyone who has an interest in the care of animals to have a say as part of the review - whether you have pets, produce livestock for a living, or work with animals."
Feedback is sought on a range of issues including:
- Mandatory reporting by veterinary professionals of animal welfare concerns.
- Prohibited events, regulated surgical procedures and offence exemptions.
- The use of baits and traps.
- Restraining dogs in open utility vehicles and trucks.
- Inspector powers and arrangements for externally appointed inspectors.
- The management of animals seized during animal welfare investigations.
- Penalties for animal cruelty.
CLICK HERE to complete the survey or submit a written response. Comment closes on May 21.
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