Giving a new voice to animals

By Morgan Dyer

Animals great and small in the Shepparton region are set for a better life as the Victorian Government introduces new welfare regulations.

The government is calling on the public to provide feedback about the new laws after public expectations pushed it to develop modern standards.

Currently in draft form, public consultation is open until September 26 to review reforms relating to a range of issues including animal transportation, the use of electronic devices and the use of traps.

Under the proposed laws it will be illegal leave an animal inside a vehicle for more than 10 minutes when temperatures exceed 28 degrees Celsius, and the minister must approve the use of an electronic device on an animal if it provides a therapeutic effect.

State Member for Northern Victoria Mark Gepp welcomed the opening of the consultation this week and said it was an opportunity for the region to have a say on animal welfare.

"The proposed regulations seek to address and strengthen some important animal welfare issues and I’d encourage everyone to have their say through the Engage Victoria website," Mr Gepp said.

Last updated in 2008, the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (POCTA) Regulations were formed to ensure animals are treated in accordance with community expectations and to be safeguarded as they are unable to represent their own interests.

Feedback will be considered throughout September and October with laws enforced in December.

To have your say, visit on the Engage Victoria website.