The closing date for this submission is midnight 14th December 2020
“We have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to change the law for non-human animals.” ~ Dr Tamasin Ramsay
The current law that aims to protect animals from cruelty is the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act (POCTA), first written in 1986. However, POCTA fails to adequately protect animals which became clear during the recent Inquiry into Animal Activism. The purpose of this government consultation is to reform the animal welfare law in Victoria, by replacing the current POCTA Act with a revised and improved legislative framework.
Internationally, Australia gets a “D” for animal welfare. Our laws are speciesist, which means we humans put the interests of all other animal species far beneath our own. Species are then further classified depending on their relationship and interaction with humans. For example, most dogs are companion animals and considered by many to be family members, yet other dogs are used for entertainment (e.g. greyhounds) or farm work (e.g. herding dogs) and so are not afforded the same protections. Until our laws treat all animals equitably, we must do our best to make sure that the fundamental interests of other species are protected at the very least. With this in mind, we have the guide below to help you respond to the survey and a separate guide to help you prepare your written submission.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
● Read the government documents
● Complete the survey
● Prepare and upload a written submission
Thank you for helping to make the world a better place for all animals