Review of Animal Welfare Act underway Fri 17 August 2012 Bryan Green Minister for Primary Industries and Water The Minister for Primary Industries and Water Bryan Green said a review of Tasmania's Animal Welfare Act would help ensure it meets the latest standards and community expectations. Mr Green said as part of the review a three month public consultation period was being undertaken with all stakeholders encouraged to have their say on animal welfare. "Animal welfare is an important concern for many people in Tasmania," Mr Green said. "Public consultation is vital to allow the Government to understand the range of views in the community and we are allowing plenty of time for all stakeholders to have a say." Mr Green said the review was being conducted by the Animal Welfare Advisory Committee with the assistance of the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment. The Committee has developed a range of proposed changes to the Act. Proposed changes include prohibiting the killing of animals by certain methods and the use of pronged collars on dogs. Other changes were aimed at improving the capacity to investigate and prosecute offenders as well as ensuring the care of animals whose welfare is at risk. Mr Green said the proposals also address increasing community concern over so-called 'puppy farming'. "The regulation of operations that breed puppies for sale has been a focus of the review." "Proposed changes will enable the welfare of dogs used for breeding to be more effectively monitored." A discussion paper seeking feedback on the proposed changes has been released. The Committee is also seeking public comment on whether the penalties for animal cruelty offences are adequate. "Attitudes toward animal welfare have changed considerably in recent years and it is important that legislation and the penalties for offences keep pace with community expectations." The overall review of the Animal Welfare Act is expected to be completed in the first half of 2013. The public comment period runs until 16 November 2012. The Discussion Paper, is available at www.dpipwe.tas.gov.au or by calling (03) 6233 6875.