Queensland has outlawed the use of certain dog collars as part of a crackdown on the inhumane treatment of animals.
Pronged dog collars that spike dogs in the neck and now illegal to possess and use within the state.
It’s part of a wide-scale crackdown on animal cruelty, with Queensland parliament to debate further reforms throughout this week.
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Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk made the announcement on her social media pages this morning.
“We know the majority of Queenslanders support tougher penalties and regulations against cruelty to animals.
“That’s why this week we’ll be debating animal welfare laws in the Queensland Parliament – an issue close to the hearts of so many Queenslanders,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
Other key amendments to the Animal Care and Protection Act include:
- Prohibition on the use of yellow phosphorous pig poison.
- Strengthening enforcement powers for inspectors and
- Delivering on an election commitment to allow pregnancy testing of cattle by accredited laypersons.
Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries and Minister for Rural Communities Mark Furner says more work needs to be done.
“Queensland already has some of the strongest animal welfare laws in the country, but we wanted to make sure the Act was current and reflected community expectations,” Mr Furner said.
“The community said to us overwhelmingly inhumane practices like the use of pronged collars have to stop.
“These collars are designed to train or restrain animals by injuring them and the fact is there are better ways to train our family pets.
“That’s why new amendments to the Act will ban these collars as well as other inhumane practices like the firing of a horse or dog’s legs as a means of treating injuries.