Victoria introduces new livestock transport standards


Victoria has introduced new livestock transport standards as part of a shift to a national system

May 30, 2013

Victoria has introduced new livestock transport standards as part of a shift to a national system that is being gradually rolled out.

The Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines – Land Transport of Livestock have been developed in consultation with industry and welfare groups and will be applied to all livestock moved by road and rail.

The national enforceable codes are already in place in Western Australia and New South Wales and will be adopted across the rest of the country over the next three months.

Victorian Agriculture and Food Security Minister Peter Walsh says the guidelines will deliver consistency and good welfare practices.

"Having legally binding standards will assist livestock industries in meeting consumer and community expectations of good animal welfare practices in the transportation of livestock," Walsh says.

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