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Working with Victorians to enhance the welfare of all animals
Animal welfare is a high priority for the Government.
Victoria has one of the highest rates of pet ownership in the world.
Victoria's first ever Animal Welfare Action Plan was released on 2 January 2018.
From 1 July 2019, the Pet Exchange Register will ensure all Victorians know where their pets come from.
New permits to allow animal sales in places other than residential premises or registered domestic animal businesses.
Recognises the excellent companion animal welfare services being delivered across.
Commercial breeder applications and regulations for pounds and shelters, dog training establishments and pet shops.
If you witness cruelty or suspect that cruelty is occurring you should contact the relevant enforcement agency.
In Victoria, the use of animals for research and teaching is regulated.
People must plan for animal welfare in the event of an emergency.
Codes of practice set minimum standards and practices for the keeping of a wide range of animals.