Animal Welfare (Care and Procedures) Regulations 2018

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Reprint as at 27 August 2020

Coat of Arms of New Zealand

Animal Welfare (Care and Procedures) Regulations 2018

(LI 2018/50)

Patsy Reddy, Governor-General

Order in Council

At Wellington this 26th day of March 2018

Her Excellency the Governor-General in Council


Changes authorised by subpart 2 of Part 2 of the Legislation Act 2012 have been made in this official reprint.

Note 4 at the end of this reprint provides a list of the amendments incorporated.

These regulations are administered by the Ministry for Primary Industries.

These regulations are made under sections 183(1)(g) to (i), 183A(1) and (2), and 183B(1) of the Animal Welfare Act 1999


on the advice and with the consent of the Executive Council; and


on the recommendation of the Minister of Agriculture made after complying with sections 183A(3) to (5) and (10), 183B(2) and (3), and 184 of that Act.


4Transitional, savings, and related provisions
5Cattle beasts with ingrown horns
6Prohibited methods of milk stimulation in cattle
7Use of traction in calving
8Prohibition on killing calves by blunt force to head
9Maximum time young calves may be off feed before slaughter
10Shelter requirements for young calves before transportation and at points of sale or slaughter
11Killing of crabs, rock lobster, crayfish, and kōura
12Muzzles on dogs
13Dogs must have dry and shaded shelter
14Dogs left in vehicles
15Dogs on moving motor vehicles
16Tethered goats must have access to food, water, and shelter
17Goats with ingrown horns
18Horses tethered for purpose of grazing
19Use of equipment that may injure horses
20Persons must not strike horse on its head
21Phased prohibition on use of conventional cages
22Induced moulting
23Use of equipment that may injure llama or alpaca
24Pigs must have access to shelter and dry lying area
25Minimum lying space for grower pigs
26Farrowing crate requirements
27Prohibition of stalls other than for mating
28Sheep with ingrown horns
29Use of traction in lambing
30Prevention of injury
31Transport of animals with horns and antlers
32Prevention of back-rub
33Ensuring young calves are fit for transport
34Maximum duration of transport for young calves
35Requirements for loading and unloading facilities used with young calves
36Shelter requirements for young calves during transportation
37Prohibition on transporting young calves by sea across Cook Strait
38Restrictions on transporting animals with ingrown horns
39Restrictions on transporting animals with injured horns or antlers
40Restrictions on transporting lame animals
41Restrictions on transporting animals in late pregnancy
42Restrictions on transporting animals with injured or diseased udders
43Restrictions on transporting animals with eye cancer
44Certain regulations do not apply to transporters
45Obligations of transporters in relation to animals to which regulations 38 to 43 apply
46Prohibition on fireworks at rodeos
47Collars and tethers
48Use of electric prodders
49Prodding animals in sensitive areas
50Docking cattle beasts’ tails
51Docking dogs’ tails
52Docking pigs’ tails
53Castrating cattle beasts and sheep
54Castrating horses
55Castrating pigs
56Removing dogs’ first digits (dew claws)
57Disbudding cattle beasts
58Dehorning cattle beasts
59Prohibition on mulesing sheep
60Offences are strict liability offences
61Defences for non-infringement offences
62Penalties for offence against section 36(3) of Act
63Infringement fee for infringement offence against section 156I of Animal Welfare Act 1999
63Consequential amendments to animal codes of welfare [Revoked]
64Revocations [Revoked]
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