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Animal Codes and Legislation
Codes of Animal Welfare
Owners or people in charge of animals must comply with the Animal Welfare Act 1999 and minimum standards for animal care and management in codes of welfare. The codes are separate from the Act because with so many different types of situations, it is impractical to include them all in the Act. Codes of welfare also have recommended best practices to set out standards of care and conduct, over and above the minimum required to meet the obligations in the Act.
Animal Welfare Act 1999
The Animal Welfare Act sets out how people should take care of and act towards animals. MPI and the Royal New Zealand Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (the RNZSPCA) jointly enforce the Act
Health and Safety Legislation
Examples of relevant standards
NZS 8409:2004 - Management of agrichemicals
Provides practical and specific guidance on the safe, responsible and effective management of agrichemicals, including plant protection products (herbicides, insecticides, fungicides), veterinary medicines, fumigants used in rural situations and agricultural use of detergents and sanitizers
NZS 5433.1:2012 - Transport of dangerous goods on land - Part 1: Technical information
Part 1 details technical requirements, including classification criteria and packaging performance standards.
NZS 5433.2:2012 - Transport of dangerous goods on land - Part 2: List of dangerous goods
Part 2 contains information including the United Nations list of dangerous goods and special provisions, incorporates quantity limits for dangerous goods in excepted quantities.
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