The Animal Care and Protection Act 2001:
- promotes the responsible care and use of animals.
- provides standards for the care and use of animals that
- achieve a reasonable balance between the welfare of animals and the interests of persons whose livelihoold is dependent on animals.
- allow for the effect of advancements in scientific knowledge about animal biology and changes in community expectations about practices involving animals.
- protects animals from unjustifiable, unnecesessary or unreasonable pain and cruelty.
- ensure the use of animals for scientific purposes is accountable, open and responsible.
The Animal Care and Protection Regulation 2012 prescribes additional requirements for domestic fowl, pigs, transporting livestock and animals in circuses.