AUSTRALIA - The six month grace period for new livestock transport requirements introduced in January expires this Friday.
Queensland's Chief Veterinary Officer Dr Allison Crook said the new laws outline the basic principles that everyone transporting livestock must use to protect the welfare of the livestock being transported.
"To achieve a nationally consistent approach to livestock transport, the laws now reflect the national standards and align Queensland with other states and territories," Dr Crook said.
"The new laws commenced on 31 January 2014, however to ensure stakeholders are familiar with the new laws, a six month grace period for enforcement was granted. The grace period expires on Friday.
"The laws apply to the transport of both commercial and non-commercial livestock and start once livestock are assembled prior to loading and continue until the animals are unloaded at the final destination.
"The laws provide standards that animals selected for transport must be fit for the intended journey. It is the responsibility of the people involved to ensure livestock are fit for transport."
The land transport code applies to the following animals being transported by road, rail or by a road vehicle or container aboard a ship:
For information on the national livestock transport standards, visit www.animalwelfarestandards.net.au
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