Animal Welfare (Care and Procedures) Amendment Regulations 2020

  • Corrections have been made to the Schedule on 17 August 2020 and to regulation 24 on 25 September 2020 under section 25(1)(j)(i) and (iii) of the Legislation Act 2012.


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Animal Welfare (Care and Procedures) Amendment Regulations 2020

Patsy Reddy, Governor-General

Order in Council

At Wellington this 27th day of July 2020

The Right Hon Jacinda Ardern presiding in Council

These regulations are made under sections 183(1)(g) to (i), 183A(1), 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(10), 183B(2) and (3), and 184 of that Act.


3Principal regulations
4Regulation 3 amended (Interpretation)
5Cross-heading above regulation 18 replaced
6Regulation 18 amended (Horses tethered for purpose of grazing)
7Regulation 19 amended (Use of equipment that may injure horses)
8Regulation 20 amended (Persons must not strike horse on its head)
9Regulation 39 amended (Restrictions on transporting animals with injured horns or antlers)
10Regulation 48 amended (Use of electric prodders)
11New regulation 51A inserted (Docking equids’ tails)
51ADocking equids’ tails
12New regulation 52A inserted (Docking sheep’s tails)
52ADocking sheep’s tails
13Regulation 53 amended (Castrating cattle beasts and sheep)
14Regulation 54 amended (Castrating horses)
15New regulations 55A to 55M and cross-headings inserted
55ACastrating goats
55BUterine or vaginal prolapse in sheep
55CVaginal prolapse in cattle beasts
55DVaginal prolapse in goats
55ERectal prolapse in pigs
55FRemoving sheep’s teats
55GRemoving goats’ teats
55HRemoving cattle beasts’ teats
55IOcclusion of cattle beasts’ teats
55JFreeze branding dogs
55KFreeze branding cattle beasts or equids
55LProhibition on hot branding of animals generally
55MHot branding of horses, ponies, and donkeys
16Cross-heading above regulation 56 replaced
17New regulations 56A to 56E and cross-headings inserted
56APartial amputation of breeder chickens’ toes
56BBeak tipping layer hens
56CBeak tipping breeder chickens and breeder turkeys
56DCutting teeth of animals
56EExtracting equids’ teeth
18New cross-heading above regulation 57 inserted
19Regulation 57 amended (Disbudding cattle beasts)
20New regulations 57A and 57B inserted
57ADisbudding sheep
57BDisbudding goats
21Regulation 58 amended (Dehorning cattle beasts)
22New regulations 58A to 58I inserted
58ADehorning goats
58BDehorning sheep
58CVelvetting deer antlers
58DProhibition on cropping dogs’ ears
58ERinging, clipping, and wiring noses of pigs
58FRinging and wiring noses of cattle beasts
58GRemoving breeder chickens’ spurs
58HDubbing game fowl
58IProhibition on blistering, firing, soring, and nicking equids
23New regulations 59A to 59K inserted
59ASurgical reproductive procedures
59BTranscervical insemination
59DPerforming Caslick’s procedure on horses
59FUrinary catheterisation
59GRectal examination of equids
59HSurgical procedures in course of research, testing, and teaching
59ITissue removal
59JSurgical tagging
24New regulation 63 inserted (Infringement fee for infringement offence against section 156I of Animal Welfare Act 1999)
63Infringement fee for infringement offence against section 156I of Animal Welfare Act 1999
25Consequential amendments to animal codes of welfare
Explanatory note
Administrative Information