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Animal Welfare

Under the Animal Welfare Act, there are many classes of people deemed to be responsible for the welfare of animals. In practice, this means that in addition to the owner, people have some responsibility if they have cattle on agistment or loan, if they are a livestock carrier or livestock agent or if they, in any other way, have the animals in their care. This applies whether your animals are pets or livestock.

Reporting Animal Cruelty or Neglect

Hobby farmers and smallholders - You can download basic health and welfare information to help you look after your livestock

Horse welfare guidelines - including diet, exercise, housing, foot and dental care, and routine husbandry practices.

Further information:
Animal Biosecurity and Welfare Branch
Biosecurity and Product Integrity Division
Animal Health and Welfare Branch
13 St Johns Avenue
Phone: 03 6165 3263

To report animal cruelty:
RSPCA Inspectorate
Phone: 1300 139 947

Diagnostic services are available from DPIPWE's Animal Health Laboratory.

Veterinary Board of Tasmania

Report any notifiable animal disease on the all hours emergency disease hotline: 1800 675 888.

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