Animal Welfare Standards - Land Transport of Livestock
The Animal Welfare (Land Transport of Livestock) Regulations 2013
commenced on 15 June 2013.
These Regulations legislate the standards contained in the Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines - Land Transport of Livestock and make them legally enforceable. If you're involved in livestock transport, these standards apply to you.
They cover issues such as
- Who is responsible for welfare when livestock are transported
- Whether animals are 'fit to load'
- Preparation of livestock for transport
- Planning the journey
- How long livestock can be off water.
Meat and Livestock Australia has published a handy guide called "Is it fit to load?" as a companion to the Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines - Land Transport of Livestock.