Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Amendment Bill 2015
The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Amendment Bill 2015 came into effect on 23 December 2015.
The purpose of the amendments is to strengthen the enforceability and administration of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1986 and to ensure that sanctions imposed under the Act continue to be in line with community expectations.
Amendments relevant to the use of animals in research and teaching include:
- Increased maximum penalties for offences relating to scientific procedures;
- A new offence for a licence nominee to fail to take all reasonable steps to ensure that any scientific procedure, or breeding of specified animals, conducted under the licence is carried out in accordance with the licence conditions;
- Clarification of the powers of Authorised Officers in relation to compliance monitoring; investigation of illegal animal research; entry, search and seizure under warrant; and the introduction of a 'notice to comply' that may be issued to a person committing, or likely to commit, an offence under Part 3 of the Act.
The latest version of the Act can be found at http://www.legislation.vic.gov.au/
For more information please contact:
Dani Maver (03) 9217 4107.