Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Domestic Fowl) Regulations 2016
The objective of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Domestic Fowl) Regulations 2016 is to provide for the conditions under which domestic fowl are housed. The 2016 Regulations were made on 4 October 2016, commence on 18 October 2016 and replace the previous 2006 Regulations.
These Regulations are made under section 42 of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1986.
The 2016 Regulations impose requirements on persons in charge of domestic fowl, including requirements to provide the birds with adequate food, obligations on the person in charge of the birds to inspect them frequently to ensure their health and wellbeing, and requirements for cage and non-cage housing systems to ensure that the birds have adequate space.
More specifically, the new regulations:
- Prescribe requirements for fowl that have access to ranges regarding adequate shelter, protection from predation, and dimensions for openings on ranges;
- Clarify wording regarding the calculation of cage floor area;
- Introduce minimum general requirements for range areas and 'pop holes' to ensure appropriate welfare standards are met;
- Introduce a new definition of 'range'; and
- Introduce pre-emptive measures relating to power failure and alarm testing.
The Regulations may be downloaded in Word format below or from the Victorian Legislation and Parliamentary Documents website.