Horses to profit as Victoria plans replace of animal welfare legal guidelines


Licenses for any skilled horse exercise and occasions in Victoria could possibly be introduced in underneath proposed new animal welfare legal guidelines.

The proposal has been outlined in a plan developed as a part of the reform course of for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1986 and states that anybody ‘exhibiting and exhibiting animals for a industrial function’ can be topic to new laws, together with {that a} ‘licence is required’.

A state authorities spokesperson was non-committal when requested if this meant anybody incomes an earnings from exhibiting or exhibiting horses might must be licensed:

“Necessities in laws wouldn’t essentially be made for all actions that relate to exhibiting horses or occasions involving horses.”

Nor would the Authorities be drawn on the way it defines “exhibiting or exhibiting horses” and whether or not skilled rivals throughout all disciplines could possibly be impacted as properly.

“Rules can be developed following an evaluation of potential prices and advantages, in addition to stakeholder and neighborhood session,” the spokesperson mentioned.

‘Displaying and exhibiting animals for a industrial function’ is considered one of eight ‘courses of conduct’ that may be topic to laws underneath the brand new Act.

The others are:

  • killing or wounding an animal;
  • utilizing an animal for testing (aside from scientific procedures);
  • performing procedures on an animal (aside from scientific procedures);
  • administering a substance to an animal (aside from scientific procedures);
  • exhibiting or exhibiting an animal for a industrial function;
  • protecting an animal in an intensive atmosphere for a industrial function;
  • transporting an animal for a industrial function; and
  • organising an occasion through which animals are utilized in sport, competitors or recreation.

There are additionally three areas of “managed conduct” together with limiting some procedures to being carried out solely by veterinarians.

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Requested if this might have any implications for dentistry or farriery and whether or not dentistry can be restricted to veterinarians, the spokesperson mentioned solely that “the brand new Act would permit laws to be made for explicit actions, similar to horse dentistry or farriery”.

They added:

“The event of a brand new Act is step one and laws haven’t but been decided, with the proposed plan presently open for session.


Animal actions which are presently lawful in Victoria would proceed to be permitted underneath the brand new Act however particular necessities round obligatory procedures, exhibiting and sporting occasions involving horses are topic to alter.”

The Authorities has clarified that the brand new Act will make a distinction between skilled and leisure exercise.

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The spokesperson mentioned:

“It is because there’s potential for the next variety of animals to be concerned in a industrial setting, thus a necessity for greater penalties.


This distinction can be made as soon as the session interval has closed and neighborhood suggestions has been thought-about.”

The proposed adjustments are detailed in a doc titled ‘Plan for Victoria’s new animal care and safety legal guidelines’ that features 16 coverage proposals drawn from earlier rounds of session, together with a dialogue paper that was launched in 2020.

The Authorities says this spherical of session is aimed toward figuring out ‘potential unintended penalties of the insurance policies, or potential gaps that may impression attaining the targets’.

It’s also searching for suggestions on how the insurance policies can be achieved.

Victorians have till 16 October to remark and might click on right here to go to the session web page.

Dale Webster is an inaugural recipient of a Walkley Basis Grant for Freelance Journalism on Regional Australia. She publishes independently by means of her personal title, The Regional. You possibly can observe Dale on Twitter @TheRegional_au.

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