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23 August 2012

The RSPCA has announced a six month “grace period” to help South Australians adjust to new

regulations for transporting livestock.

RSPCA (SA) Chief Inspector Simon Richards says the new national standards, developed in

consultation with the RSPCA, will ensure a high and consistent benchmark for all livestock

travelling by road and rail.

“The new regulations apply to a range of species, from alpacas and horses to pigs and pigeons,”

he said.

“It is the responsibility of anyone involved in the management of livestock to ensure they are

aware of their obligations under the new national standards.

“The rules affect everyone involved in the management of livestock for transport - whether you

are a mass producer, a hobby farmer or even a member of a pony club.

“The RSPCA is the agency primarily responsible for compliance of the Animal Welfare Act, 1985

and its subordinate Regulations.

For the first six months, until February 28, 2013, the RSPCA will limit its response to formal cautions

for breaches of the new regulations as they apply to the land transport of livestock, unless there is

evidence of harm to an animal.

“The RSPCA Inspectorate will provide guidance, advice and support to anyone who seeks

clarification or assistance in developing procedures or strategies to ensure compliance.”

The new standards cover planning and preparation for transport, time off water and whether an

animal is “fit to load”.

While transport standards are now uniform across Australia, the penalties will differ according

to each State’s laws.

In South Australia, the maximum penalty for breaching the Animal Welfare Act is two years

imprisonment, or a $20,000 fine. For an aggravated offence, it increases to four years

imprisonment or a $50,000 fine.

For further information please visit the RSPCA website www.rspcasa.org.au.

For more information please contact

Jennifer Salter 0411 646 076

RSPCA SA Media and Campaigns Manager

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