Animal Welfare

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Changes to the Code of Welfare: Dairy Cattle

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) leads and facilitates the management of animal welfare policy and practice in New Zealand. It promotes policies for the humane treatment of animals, and is a key participant in the ongoing animal welfare debate.

New Zealand Animal Welfare Strategy

Minister for Primary Industries Nathan Guy released the New Zealand Animal Welfare Strategy on Thursday 2 May 2013.

To report an animal welfare issue or complaint please call 0800 008 333

Complaints made about non- compliance with the Animal Welfare Act 1999 including cases of animal ill-treatment or cruelty are investigated by MPI and the SPCA. While the vast majority of complaints are dealt with through consultation and education, successful prosecutions against persistent or blatant offenders are routinely undertaken.

The Animal Welfare Act provides for codes of animal welfare to be created and reviewed at least every 10 years. You can make submissions on any codes open for consultation. (offsite link to

Animals being exported from New Zealand require an animal welfare export certificate, as set out in the Animal Welfare Act 1999. Information about AWECs can be found under Animal Exports.

Animal Welfare Amendment Bill introduced

Minister for Primary Industries Nathan Guy introduced the Animal Welfare Amendment Bill on 8 May 2013.

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Page last updated: 27 May 2015