Acting Local Government Minister Bill Marmion said this reflected all States and Territories’ desire to have a nationally consistent approach to the implementation and enforcement of animal welfare standards.
The Department of Local Government, which administers and enforces the Animal Welfare Act 2002, and the Department of Agriculture and Food Western Australia, worked together in drafting the new regulations.
Agricultural and Food Minister Terry Redman said the regulations followed from a national consultative process which involved peak pig industry bodies, including the Western Australian Pork Producers’ Association, and animal welfare groups.
“The national consultation process aims to ensure acceptable and agreed standards of livestock welfare are practised in Australia,” Mr Redman said. “The regulations seek to find a balance between providing for the pigs’ health and welfare needs and the challenges faced by managers who, in many cases, are in charge of significant numbers of them.”