The WA Government will today introduce to State Parliament legislative changes that will significantly improve animal welfare in Western Australia.
The amendments to the Animal Welfare Act 2002 will enable the State to legally enforce national welfare standards for livestock, bringing WA in line with most of the country.
All other States and Territories, except for the Australian Capital Territory, have already regulated national welfare standards for land transport of livestock agreed to in 2012, but the Animal Welfare Act has prevented this occurring in WA.
The amendments also include provisions for the appointment of a new class of animal welfare inspector with the power to enter any non-residential place or vehicle to check compliance with the Act and regulations, as well as official directions and court orders.
The WA Government is currently undertaking a full review of the Animal Welfare Act.