NEW ZEALAND - New rules that will give the Ministry for Primary Industries greater visibility of the welfare of animals being exported from New Zealand will come into force on 25 August 2016, the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has announced.
"New Zealanders care deeply about the welfare of animals, and this was reflected during the consultation process," said MPI’s Director Biosecurity and Animal Welfare Julie Collins.
"The changes that are being introduced in August will further strengthen New Zealand’s reputation as a responsible exporter of animals and animal products.
"They will give early effect to amendments made last year to the Animal Welfare Act 1999 that would have otherwise commenced in May 2020."
The changes will give MPI’s Director-General more powers to:
- require reports on the welfare of animals during their journey and for up to 30 days after their arrival in the importing country, and
- take that information into account when considering future export approvals.
"I’d like to thank everyone who took the time to give us their feedback in the interests of New Zealand’s animals," added Ms Collins.
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