Queenslanders are reminded to have their say on a major review of the State’s animal welfare laws before consultation closes on May 21.

Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries and Minister for Rural Communities Mark Furner said submissions to the review of the Animal Care and Protection Act 2001 close at midnight Friday 21 May 2021.

“There has already been a high level of interest in the review, with more than 900 submissions and survey responses received so far,” Mr Furner said.

“This level of engagement clearly shows that Queenslanders value animals and consider their welfare to be a high priority.

“There is still time to provide feedback to the review and I encourage anyone interested in the care of animals to have their say.”

Mr Furner said this was the first significant review of Queensland’s animal welfare laws since the Animal Care and Protection Act commenced 20 years ago.

“The review is examining all aspects of the Act to ensure that our laws continue to meet changing community expectations and modern animal welfare practices,” Mr Furner said.

As part of the review, we are seeking feedback on 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;
  • The use of animals in science;
  • Inspector powers and arrangements for externally appointed inspectors;
  • The management of animals seized during animal welfare investigations; and
  • Penalties for animal cruelty.

Submissions are welcome on these or any other issues related to the Act. Have your say before midnight on Friday May 21, 2021.

Visit biosecurity.qld.gov.au and search for ‘ACPA review’ to complete the survey or submit a written response.

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