Queensland’s animal welfare laws are set to change

Prong collars are said to be banned as part of the biggest reforms to animal welfare laws in Queensland.

Claw collars and other inhumane practices would be banned as part of the biggest reforms to animal welfare laws in Queensland in more than 20 years.

Agriculture Industry Development and Fisheries Minister and Minister for Rural Communities Mark Furner said Palaszczuk’s government was delivering on its election pledge to review the Animal Care and Protection Act 2001.

“Queensland already has some of the strongest animal welfare laws in the country, but we wanted to make sure the law was up to date and reflected community expectations,” Mr Furner said.

“The community told us that extremely inhumane practices like the use of prong collars should stop.

“These collars are designed to train or restrain animals by hurting them and, the fact is, there are better ways to train our pets.

“That’s why new amendments to the law will ban these collars as well as other inhumane practices like shooting a horse or dog paws as a way to treat injuries.”

Angela Banovic, head of campaigns and communications for PETA Australia, says that if you don’t put a prong collar on your little one, you have the answer as to whether or not these collars are training devices or not. acceptable controls.

“Claw and choke collars can cause serious physical injuries, such as crushed trachea and damage to the vagus nerve, affecting the function of major organs including the heart, lungs, liver, bladder, spleen and kidneys,” she said.

“They can also cause real psychological harm to dogs who may interpret the tightening of a choke or prong collar around their neck as a vice grip and become fearful, aggressive and suspicious of humans, which can make walks even more difficult. difficult.

“A harness does the trick no matter how strong the dog is, and has no metal teeth that dig into dogs’ necks, not only punishing them but also making them neurotic and ruining the joy of their lives – their walk.

“Queensland should definitely follow Victoria’s lead in banning the use of these torture devices, like the rest of Australia.”

Further changes will be announced shortly.

“Stakeholders will be able to provide further comments on the proposed changes through the parliamentary committee process before any changes to the law are made,” Furner said.

“The amendments demonstrate the Palaszczuk government’s continued commitment to protecting animals from inhumane and unnecessary practices.”


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