Australia's state and territory governments have primary responsibility for animal welfare and laws to prevent cruelty and promote animal welfare. The Australian (Federal) Government is responsible for trade and international agreements relating to animal welfare, and coordinates the Australian Animal Welfare Strategy and National Implementation Plan : 'The strategy is aimed at the entire Australian community and all uses of animals.'
Phase I of the AAWS began in 2005, and has supported initiatives to improve animal welfare, including standards for the land transport of livestock, standards for the handling of non-production animals, and a model for assessing the humaneness of methods for controlling pest animals. Phase II of the Strategy's National Implemntation Plan will target four key goals: understanding and meeting the welfare needs of animals; providing national systems to deliver consistent animal welfare outcomes; assisting people to make ethical decisions regarding animal welfare; and engaging in international partnerships to improve animal welfare.
Please visit the AAWS News Website and the DAFF website for further information