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New Zealand Legislation, Codes and Guidelines

  • Animal Welfare RegulationsLink to external website
    As a result of changes to the Animal Welfare Act in May 2015, new regulations were released in July 2016 and more will be released as they are developed.
  • Codes of WelfareLink to external website
    Codes of welfare also have recommended best practices and these recommendations set out standards of care and conduct, over and above the minimum required to meet the obligations in the Act.  They are included to encourage higher standards of animal welfare.
  • A Culture of CareLink to external website
    A NAEAC guide for people working with animals in research, testing and teaching
  • Codes of Recommendations and Minimum Standards, NAWACLink to external website
    Resource for teachers. The National Animal Welfare Advisory Committee (NAWAC) of the Ministry for Primary Indus tries has produced numerous codes outlining the minimum standards which are currently acceptable to the informed New Zealand public and make recommendations to ensure good animal welfare.

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