Exhibited Animals Background

The Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines for Exhibited Animals have been finalised.

The standards and guidelines reflect the commitment of jurisdictions to a nationally consistent approach to animal welfare. They promote humane and respectful treatment of animals used for exhibition purposes; inform all people responsible for the care and management of exhibited animals about their responsibilities; and set a minimum industry standard by defining acceptable management practices for animals used for exhibition purposes. Development of the standards and guidelines considered current scientific animal welfare knowledge, recommended industry practice and community expectations. The standards provide a basis for developing and implementing consistent legislation and enforcement across Australia, while the guidelines are a useful reference for industry, providing recommended practices to achieve desirable exhibited animal welfare outcomes.

As part of the process for developing the standards and guidelines, a consultation Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) was developed and has been endorsed by the Commonwealth Office of Best Practice Regulation. The Consultation RIS assessed the proposed standards, and incorporates public consultation feedback and changes agreed by the majority of the Reference Group responsible for providing guidance in the development of the standards and guidelines.