VIC Government Open to Animal Welfare Reforms

Malcolm Caulfield, ALI’s Principal Solicitor, attended one of a series of Animal Welfare Legislation Workshops hosted by the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (Department) on 15 February 2017.  

The Workshops give relevant stakeholders the opportunity to raise issues with the Department about reforming the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1986 (Vic).

Mr Caulfield was pleased to hear that the Department was open to Professor David Mellor’s Five Provisions/Welfare Aims paradigm, which “direct[s] welfare management towards activities that both minimise negative experiences or states and promote[s] positive experiences or states”.

‘It is significant that the Department is engaging a well-respected scientist from New Zealand on his views of how one could incorporate positive aspects of animal welfare into a legislative system’ Mr Malcolm says.

For further information about the legislative reform process, please check out the Animal Welfare Reform in Victoria website.