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Animal Welfare issues as pertains to the Environmental Protection laws Briefing of the Joint Constitutional Review Committee. Motseki Hlatshwayo Department of Agriculture. INTRODUCTION. Domestic animals have played important role in: social, cultural, economic & agricultural history of SA

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Motseki hlatshwayo department of agriculture

Animal Welfare issues as pertains to the Environmental Protection lawsBriefing of the Joint Constitutional Review Committee

Motseki Hlatshwayo

Department of Agriculture

INTRODUCTION Protection laws

  • Domestic animals have played important role in:

    • social, cultural, economic & agricultural history of SA

    • as providers of food, fibre, draught power, for recreational purposes, for cultural & ceremonial purposes, for research purposes, as working animals (guide dogs, sheep dogs, security dogs etc.) & as pets

  • Caring for these animals (animal welfare) not only makes economic sense as far as management is concerned, but it is becoming a key factor in trade & animal health protocols

Introduction cont d
INTRODUCTION (CONT’D) Protection laws

  • To be in a position give long-term assurances both locally & internationally we need a culture of caring for our animal resources

    • supported by realistic & appropriate policy

    • effective legislation & regulation

  • DoA is currently developing capacity in Animal Welfare (Care)

    • to facilitate the development of a culture of caring through a framework that includes guidelines, norms & standards that take cognizance of the socio economic and socio cultural role & multiple uses of animals in South Africa.

Animal welfare in sa
ANIMAL WELFARE IN SA Protection laws

  • The welfare of animals in SA is regulated by 2 pieces of legislation

    • Animals Protection Act, 1962 (Act No. 71 of 1962)

    • Performing Animals Protection Act, 1935 (Act No. 24 of 1935)

  • A third legislation, the Societies for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act (Act No. 169 of 1993) governs the organization & management of the NSPCA & has no other application

ANIMALS Protection laws

  • Animals used for breeding & production

  • Animals used for agricultural & other research

  • Draught animals

  • Working animals (Sheep dogs)

  • Security animals

  • Animals used for sport & recreation

  • Game animals used for farming purposes

  • Companion & captive animals

  • Zoo & performing animals

Doa position
DoA POSITION Protection laws

  • Having assumed the responsibility for animal welfare, DoA reviewed the SA welfare status & the following action points were identified:

    • Need for a general policy focusing on the welfare of animals

    • Specific guidelines/ codes/norms & standards to monitor & control the multitude of activities involving animals (to also include activities of animal welfare organizations)

    • A National Animal Welfare Advisory Committee (AWAC)

    • One animal welfare Act

ACTIVITIES Protection laws

  • Codes of Good Practice/Guidelines needed for the following activities:

    • Animal housing & handling facilities

    • Management practices (dehorning, castration, etc.)

    • Transport of animals

    • Feedlots & slaughter

    • Sporting activities

    • Working animals (Draught, sheep dogs, etc.)

    • Animal pounds

    • Farm animal welfare organizations & inspectors

    • The care of animals used for research

    • Establishment & management of kennels

    • Captive animals

    • Companion animals/pets

STAKEHOLDERS Protection laws


  • LWCC

  • Industry (all commodities)


  • ARC & Universities

  • Other Animal Welfare Organizations

  • SAVC

  • PDoAs, PDoEAs