Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act
'Animal welfare' refers to 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 May 2008 - International Office of Animal Health]
Duty of Care
Duty of Care is a legal obligation for people to take reasonable measures to protect the welfare of any animals that their activities impact upon.
To fully understand your obligations in ensuring the welfare of pigs you own, you agist or that are in your care, please review the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1986 and Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Regulations 2008.
Who do I call if I am concerned about the welfare of pigs?
If you are concerned about the welfare of a pig/s please contact your local Animal Health Officer or District Veterinary Officer on 136 186.
Pig Welfare Standards and Guidelines
The Pig Welfare Standards and Guidelines is set of mandatory standards (and guidelines) for all people responsible for the welfare of pigs under intensive, deep litter and outdoor systems. It recognises that the basic requirement for the welfare of pigs is a husbandry system, managed by trained and skilled stock-people. This Standard is regulated under the Livestock Management Act (2010).