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Call for submissions on new rules for zoo animals

Call for submissions on new rules for zoo animals

22 March 2013

The Environmental Protection Authority is calling for submissions to help it review the rules for keeping animals at zoos, aquariums and other facilities in New Zealand.

At present there are different rules for keeping different types of animals.

The Zoo and Aquarium Association has made an application asking for one standard set of rules and guidelines, which it says will make life easier for keepers, auditors and inspectors.

The application also proposes 15 new rules including a requirement that the facility have a long term financial plan, and a plan for what will happen to each of their animals if the facility closes.

The application is now open for submissions until 8 May 2013, and can be viewed here.

A public hearing will take place at the end of June.


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