Sustainability-related Regulations Database

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Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1986

Description: A short description of the legislation.

The purpose of this Act is to—

    (a)     prevent cruelty to animals; and

    (b)     to encourage the considerate treatment of animals; and

    (c)     to improve the level of community awareness about the prevention of cruelty to animals.

Application to Australian agriculture: Where the legislation is applicable.

The legislation specifys procedures for the keeping, treatment, handling, transportation, sale, killing, hunting, shooting, catching, trapping, netting, marking, care, use, husbandry or management of any animal or class of animals; or

Compliance information: Often the evidence of compliance against a piece of legislation is that there is not a breach of the Act. Where appropriate, the developers of this database have listed evidence which could be used to show compliance if a breach was to be found. Many Best Management Practice (BMP) schemes and other certifications in Australian agriculture include this evidence for accreditation.

The following documentation/information is required to provide evidence of compliance.

If a POCTA inspector reasonably believes that a person is committing or is likely to commit an offence under Part 2 or the regulations, the POCTA inspector may issue a notice to the person requiring that person not to commit the offence or to cease committing the offence.

Additional information: The entity this legislation originates from.

Victorian Current Acts →

Source documents: Links to the legislation documents.