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Licenses for any professional horse activity and events in Victoria can be submitted under the new animal welfare laws.

The proposal is outlined in a plan developed as part of the reform process The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act of 1986 and say anyone ‘showing and exhibiting animals for commercial purposes’ will be subject to new regulations, including that a ‘license required’.

A state government spokeswoman was non-committal when asked if this meant anyone earning a living from showing or showing horses would need a licence:

“The requirements in the regulations will not be applied to all activities related to horse shows or events involving horses.”

Nor can the Government be drawn from its definition of “showing or exhibition of horses” whether professional competitors in all disciplines may be affected.

“Regulations will be developed after an assessment of potential costs and benefits, and consultation with stakeholders and the public,” said the speaker.

‘Showing and exhibiting animals for commercial purposes’ one of eight ‘moral classes’ that will be subject to regulations under the new Act.

Some are:

  • killing or harming an animal;
  • using animals for testing (except for scientific procedures);
  • performing procedures on animals (other than scientific procedures);
  • giving something to an animal (except for scientific procedures);
  • exhibiting or exhibiting an animal for the purpose of sale;
  • keeping an animal in a deep place for commercial purposes;
  • transporting an animal for commercial purposes; and
  • organizing an event where animals are used for sports, competition or entertainment.

There are also three areas of “regulated practice” which include restricting certain procedures to be performed only by veterinarians.

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When asked if this would affect dentistry or farriery and whether dentistry would be restricted to veterinarians, the spokesperson said only “The new Act will allow regulations to be made for certain activities, such as horse dentistry or workplaces”.

They added:

“The creation of the new Law is the first step and the rules have not been set, and the proposed plan is open for consultation at the moment.

Currently legal animal activities in Victoria will continue to be permitted under the new Act but certain requirements regarding necessary procedures, shows and games involving horses may change. “

The Government has clarified that the new Act will make a distinction between professional work and entertainment.

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The spokesman said:

“This is because there is a possibility that a large number of animals are involved in the trade, so high penalties are required.

These differences will be made once the consultation period is closed and public feedback is taken into account. “

The proposed changes are described in the document entitled ‘A blueprint for Victoria’s new animal care and safety laws’ that includes 16 policy proposals drawn from previous rounds of consultation, including a discussion paper issued in 2020.

The government says this round of consultation is aimed at identifying ‘potential unintended consequences of policies, or potential gaps that may affect the achievement of objectives’.

It also requires feedback on how these policies will be implemented.

Victorians have until October 16 to have their say and they can Click here to the consultation page.

Dale Webster is the first recipient of a Walkley Foundation Grant for Freelance Journalism in Regional Australia. He publishes independently under his title, Region. You can follow Dale on Twitter @TheRegional_au.

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