In Queensland, the treatment and general welfare of animals are primarily governed by the Animal Care and Protection Act 2001. Acts of cruelty, neglect and other breaches of duty of care are serious criminal offenses, and can result in penalties ranging from fines to imprisonment. As animals are an essential part of our lives, it is important to know the laws protecting them.
TLG are fervent supporters of animal rights and welfare that are protected by law and groups such as the RSPCA.
Our director, Tracy-Lynne Geysen, was one of the founding members of BLEATS - Brisbane Lawyers Educating and Advocating for Tougher Sentences - a group of lawyers and support people assisting the RSPCA to prosecute matters involving cruelty and neglect of animals.
Animal welfare law does not just apply to domestic pets. In Queensland, these laws also apply to:
For pet owners, there is a general standard of how pet owners are required to treat their animals. This includes providing adequate food, shelter and water, treating disease, appropriate handling and behaviour and not abandoning the animal.
However, the comprehensive nature of Queensland animal law means that there are many illegal acts beyond the general care of pets. Examples of actions that are prohibited under Queensland law include:
If you are an individual or business who requires legal advisement regarding animal welfare, email TLG Law using our contact form or call us at 07 3009 5388.
TLG Law - Family, Children and Animal Law
Level 29, 239 George Street, Brisbane, Queensland, 4000
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