Transcript: Animal Welfare Action Plan
Animals are integral to the lives of Victorians.
In Victoria, our animal population includes over 150 million farm animals, 6.7 million pets and more than 948 native animal species – many unique to our state.
There are also many animal industries which contribute to Victoria's economy, our employment and well-being.
- animal research, and
That's why animal welfare matters.
It's important to Victorians, our animal industries, and the Victorian Government.
It's important to our economy with global markets placing greater emphasis on how animals are cared for.
Most of all, it's important to animals.
Science tells us that animals are sentient. This means they experience pleasure, comfort and discomfort, fear and pain. We need to treat animals humanely and ensure those in our care are healthy, safe and well-nourished and have an acceptable quality of life.
Whether it's animals in our care or those we may interact with; we are all responsible for safeguarding the welfare of animals.
Community expectations of animal welfare have increased in recent years.
Market research shows that 98% of Victorians believe protecting the welfare of animals is important. We know most Victorians take good care of their animals.
There are many great examples of improvements to animal welfare by animal industries, welfare groups, government, and the community. But we can always do better.
That's why the Victorian Government has developed the Animal Welfare Action Plan: Improving the welfare of animals in Victoria.
Victoria's first ever strategic planning document for animal welfare, sets the direction to further advance and improve animal welfare in Victoria across a broad range of species and activities.
Many Victorians contributed to the action plan. They said the welfare of animals could be improved with action in four areas:
- education and communication
- compliance and enforcement, and
- legislative reform.
These four actions will bring together Victorians who are involved with animals to help realise the plan’s vision for animal welfare – a Victoria that fosters the caring and respectful treatment of animals.
Animal welfare is a shared responsibility. Together we can get it right.