Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


Regulations to cut use of leghold traps

Hon Jim Anderton

Minister of Agriculture, Minister for Biosecurity
Minister of Fisheries, Minister of Forestry
Associate Minister of Health
Associate Minister for Tertiary Education

Progressive Leader

27 November 2007 Media Statement


Regulations to cut use of leghold traps

"Restrictions on the use of leghold traps will be tighter from next year," Agriculture Minister Jim Anderton said today.

All long-spring leghold traps size 1 ½ and larger and all double-coil leghold traps larger than size 1 ½ will be banned from 1 January 2009, and all hard-jaw leghold traps of size 1 ½ will be banned from 1 January 2011, under new animal welfare regulations promulgated this week.

The sale of these prohibited traps is banned from 1 January next year.

Jim Anderton said other leghold traps, such as the size 1 and size 1 ½ double-coil padded-jaw traps were not affected and could still be used.

In addition, from January 1 next year, no leghold trap of any kind can be used within 150 metres of a house or in any area where it was probable a pet animal, such as a dog or cat, could be caught.

Jim Anderton said that while leghold traps were useful in certain circumstances, the Labour-Progressive Government also had to be mindful of animal welfare considerations. "These regulations should ensure that leghold traps are still available for use when essential, but that abuse is avoided."

These new regulations supercede all existing local bylaws governing the use of leg hold traps.

Any breach of the regulations is an offence under the Animal Welfare Act punishable by up to six months imprisonment and/or a fine of up to $25,000 for an individual or up to $125,000 for a body corporate.


ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

International Rankings: Student Results 'Show More Resourcing Needed'

NZEI: "For the second time in a week, international assessments show we have a problem... We need to put more resources into schools in high poverty communities to ensure all kids get the support they need."

New Zealand had only held relatively steady in international rankings in some areas because the average achievement for several other OECD countries had lowered the OECD average -- not because our student achievement has improved. More>>

 

Salvation Army Report: Beyond The Prison Gate Report

A new Salvation Army report says changes must be made to how prisoners re-enter society for New Zealanders to feel safe and secure in their homes and communities. More>>

ALSO:

Surprise Exit: Gordon Campbell On The Key Resignation

The resignation of John Key is one thing. The way that Key and his deputy Bill English have screwed the scrum on the leadership succession vote (due on December 12) is something else again. It remains to be seen whether the party caucus – ie, the ambitious likes of Steven Joyce, Judith Collins, Paula Bennett, and Amy Adams – will simply roll over... More>>

ALSO:

Q+A: Labour's Michael Wood Wins Mt Roskill

Labour’s Michael Wood, who last night won a 6,000 vote majority in the Mt Roskill by-election, says the reason for the win was simple, clear messaging... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Anne Tolley’s Callous Folly

Last week’s conflict between Social Development Minister Anne Tolley and District Court judge Carolyn Henwood illustrated quite a few of the flaws in the system. More>>

ALSO:

Members’ Bills: Greens' Domestic Violence And Loans Bills Pulled From Ballot

Jan Logie’s Domestic Violence-Victims' Protection Bill introduces workplace protections for victims of domestic violence, including allowing victims to request paid domestic violence leave for up to 10 days... Gareth Hughes’ Bill allows Kiwis with student loans to defer their student loan repayments into a first home savings scheme. More>>

ALSO:

IPCA: Police Did Not 'Deliberately' Use Pepper Spray On 10-Year-Old

"When spraying the man, the officer did not properly consider the necessity of using pepper spray in a confined space, the likelihood that it would affect the other innocent passengers or the fact that he was using a more powerful spray." More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news