Model code of practice for the welfare of animals: feral livestock animals - Queensland


You may need to comply with this code if you destruct, capture, handle and market feral livestock animals. Feral livestock animals are domesticated livestock species that have returned to a wild or undomesticated state. Feral livestock includes:

  • pigs
  • horses
  • cattle
  • camels
  • donkeys
  • goats
  • swamp buffalo
  • deer.

Feral livestock does not include native fauna, such as kangaroos and dingoes, or non-livestock animals, such as foxes, rabbits and feral cats.

This code promotes animal welfare outcomes for feral animals by defining acceptable animal management practices, and encouraging considerate and efficient treatment and handling.

Compliance with this code of practice is not mandatory. However, by complying with this code you can demonstrate that you have met your legal obligations. Proving that you have complied with this code can be used as a defence against a charge of cruelty or aggravated cruelty to animals.

Service type

Code of Practice

A code of practice is a set of rules which details how people in a certain industry should behave. A code of practice can be defined as a result of legislation or by industry regulators and bodies.

Administering agency

Department of Agriculture and Fisheries

Biosecurity Queensland

Animal Biosecurity and Welfare

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