Animal Welfare Action Plan
Science tells us that animals are sentient – they experience feelings and emotions such as pleasure, comfort, fear and pain. This means that animal welfare matters. All animals deserve to be treated with care and respect.
A survey of Victorians in 2016 found that:
- 98 per cent said that protecting the welfare of animals was important or very important
- 75 per cent said the welfare of animals should be better protected, and identified education, strong laws and penalties, and strong monitoring and compliance as the best ways to achieve this.
Victoria's first Animal Welfare Action Plan
The Victorian Government launched the state's first-ever action plan to guide animal in January 2018. The Animal Welfare Action Plan – Improving the Welfare of Animals in Victoria – recognises community expectations for animal welfare.
Download the action plan here: Animal Welfare Action Plan
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The action plan sets four priority areas:
- a policy and legal framework that safeguards and improves animal welfare in Victoria
- collaboration that advances and promotes investment in animal welfare
- education and communication that improves attitudes, knowledge, skills and compliance
- compliance and enforcement that is efficient and effective.
The action plan lists what will be done to improve animal welfare across a broad range of species and activities, who will be involved and the time frames.
The aim is to protect Victoria's reputation as a humane and responsible agricultural producer, to promote market access and maintain consumer confidence in the state's livestock industries.
Consultation on the action plan
The Animal Welfare Action Plan was developed with assistance from the Victorian Government's expert Animal Welfare Advisory Committee.
It reflects extensive public and stakeholder feedback received on the draft action plan released in 2016.
More than 20 meetings and workshops with key stakeholders were held, and more than 600 online and written submissions received.
In response to what we heard:
- there is greater clarity on the goals and actions of the action plan
- the legislative review process is more clearly described
- an additional action area focusing on education has been introduced to reflect its importance
- a collaborative group will be formed comprising government and animal sector representatives to support and lead implementation of action plan initiatives.
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