Animal Welfare Act
If a company is convicted of an animal welfare offence, everyone in the management of the company (ie including directors) is deemed to have committed the same offence unless they can demonstrate the offence occurred without their knowledge or they took action to prevent the offence.
The maximum penalties for offences were increased in 2008. Importantly, a system of infringement notices was established to enable the less serious animal welfare breaches to be dealt with more quickly and efficiently. In practice, this means that people who are cruel to an animal (and that includes neglect) are more likely to be charged and convicted than previously.
The Animal Welfare Act is currently under review. The review is being undertaken to ensure that amendments to the Act introduced in July 2008 are operating effectively and that our legislation is keeping pace with community expectations. Visit the Review of the Animal Welfare Act page to find out more about the current review.
Tasmania's Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines.
Tasmania Online | Service Tasmania
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