Thanks to you, the New Zealand Government has made significant changes to our country's animal welfare laws. Now is the time to make sure this turns into action that truly protects animals.
The Animal Welfare Act is an important piece of legislation that affects millions of animals in New Zealand. It has the legal power to help stop cruelty and protect animals by improving the country’s animal welfare laws.
What has changed?
Thanks to your help, we have successfully lobbied the Government to make the following important changes:
The explicit recognition that animals can feel pain and distress (known as sentience).
A ban on animal testing of cosmetics.
Stronger powers to enforce penalties and infringements for anyone breaking the law.
The ability to charge and prosecute actions which go beyond acceptable hunting, fishing or controlling pest control practices, as a willful or reckless ill-treatment offence.
How you can help
Now that the Bill has passed into law, the Government will also look at how to improve the welfare of specific animals in farming, entertainment, research and testing and during transportation.
World Animal Protection here in New Zealand will be working with the Government and other key stakeholders to make sure that real protections are put in place to improve the lives of the country's animals and ensure New Zealand remains a leader in animal welfare.
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