"'Animal welfare' means how an animal is coping with the conditions in which it lives. An animal is in a good state of welfare if (as indicated by scientific evidence) it is healthy, comfortable, well nourished, safe, able to express innate behaviour, and if it is not suffering from unpleasant states such as pain, fear, and distress. Good animal welfare requires disease prevention and veterinary treatment, appropriate shelter, management, nutrition, humane handling and humane slaughter/killing. Animal welfare refers to the state of the animal; the treatment that an animal receives is covered by other terms such as animal care, animal husbandry, and humane treatment."
OIE (World Organization for Animal Health)
Chapter 7.1. Introduction to the recommendations for animal welfare. Terrestrial Animal Health Code 2010
'Animal welfare – it's your duty to care'. 'Duty of Care' is an obligation for people to take reasonable measures to protect the welfare of any animals that their activities may impact upon.
Victoria's Animal Welfare Action Plan
The Victorian Government is developing the first ever Action Plan for Victoria's animals.
Please visit Victoria's Draft Action Plan for animal welfare page to find out more.
Reporting animal cruelty
The department's record of prosecutions
Animal welfare resources
- NEW! Changes to the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1986
- Animal welfare toolkit for livestock veterinarians
- Caring for animals during extreme heat
- Legislation and codes of practice
- Animals in emergencies
- Animal welfare information sheets
- Animals in Research and Teaching
- Companion Animal Welfare
- Humane vertebrate pest control
- Aquatic Animal Welfare
- Animal Welfare email information subscription