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Animal welfare laws changes to keep up with the times


Queensland's animal welfare laws are going under the microscope, with a review now underway.
The government's proposing a number of changes to the Animal Care and Protection Act (2001), around the treatment of creatures at homes and on farms.
It has been 20 years since the Act was introduced and RSPCA Qld Chief Inspector Daniel Young says there are a number of areas where it could be improved, leading to better animal welfare outcomes. 
RSPCA inspectors investigated more than 17,000 animal cruelty and neglect complaints in 2020. 
Here in Central Queensland, Gracemere has recorded one of the highest number of animal cruelty complaints in the state over the past year with 84 called in for the 4702 postcode.
There were also 66 complaints in Berserker and 49 in Rockhampton. 
RSPCA solicitor Tracey Jackson believes animal cruelty laws need to move with the times, to reflect community expectations. 
"We should make sure our laws keep up to date," Ms Jackson says.
"Once upon a time it was fairly common-place to keep dogs tied up in backyards, we now know that has not only a physical, but a psychological impact on the dog's welfare.
"There are practices that use to be acceptable that the community in general doesn't think are acceptable anymore and we've proven with caged eggs that we can move forward and we can improve our practices."
Central Queensland residents are being encouraged to have a say on proposed changes, to make sure animal protection regulations remain current.
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