Changes to the Animal Protection Act 2018
These have replaced the Animal Welfare Act 1999 and will help to strengthen animal protection and welfare in the Northern Territory.
This includes the rights, roles and responsibilities for government, industry and the community.
What these changes mean
These changes mean:
- tighter regulations for animal welfare and handling
- new requirements for transporting dogs safely in vehicles
- greater power for animal welfare officers including stronger penalties for inadequate care
- registrations will be required to use animals for teaching or research, instead of a licence.
They aim to ensure animals are treated humanely by preventing animal cruelty and promoting community awareness on animal care and protection.
These laws also help to regulate teaching and research activities involving animals for scientific purposes.
Last updated: 01 November 2022
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