Animal Welfare Reform

The NSW Government has committed to the introduction of a new animal welfare framework in NSW. This includes:

  • Reviewing the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1979
  • Banning puppy farms in NSW
  • Creating an independent office of animal welfare
  • Reviewing the funding arrangements for Approved Charitable Organisations legislated to conduct compliance and enforcement activities under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1979
  • Introducing a 'fit and proper person' regime that will prevent people convicted of an aggravated animal cruelty offence, multiple animal cruelty offences or repeat animal cruelty offences from being involved in the keeping and breeding of companion animals.

Previous consultation feedback from the community and stakeholders is being utilised to inform the development of the proposed new animal welfare framework.

There will be further opportunities for stakeholders and the community to have their say on the shape of our animal welfare laws.




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