You will require this code if you own a game reserve or keep animals to hunt game birds. The code aims to prevent the cruelty of introduced game birds reared for the specific purpose of hunting on private game reserves. It defines the type of animals that may be used to assist gamekeepers and hunters, and the acceptable method in which these animals may be used. This code also provides information on rearing fit and healthy birds for the purpose of hunting, as well as what type of animals may be used to assist in hunting game birds and advice on firearms.
By complying with this code of practice you may be able to demonstrate that you have met your legal responsibilities. It may be a defence to a charge of animal cruelty that you have complied with this code of practice.
Please consult the responsible agency for more information and to ascertain the level of compliance (if any) that may be required.
Code of Practice
A code of practice can be either a legal requirement or non-legal requirement. Legal codes of practice are defined as a result of legislation. Non-legal codes of practice are defined by industry regulators and bodies.
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Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1986 (Victoria)
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