Proposed Changes to the Animal Cruelty Act 2021


There has been a lot of confusion & secrecy around this review and re-write.

For Fishers Both Commercial & Recreational- any type of fishing or physical interaction could be considered as “bringing harm either physical or psychological to the animal”.

Examples of where you would be charged under the Act

Catch & Release Removing a fish from the water for any reason,

Sport Fishing, Spearfishing,

Bait Harvesting Retention of Live Fish for any use.

The defence offered for fishing is only just that a “defence” how can one prove that harm wasn’t done to the fish or octopus, if it is caught on a hook and killed? If found guilty, you would incur heavy penalties.

This change will impact all recreational fishers, commercial fishers, charter operators, spear fisherman ,businesses and trades that catch and use fish, crabs, lobster, octopus, and squid, and any seafood or freshwater catch, including live-seafood restaurants and aquatic farming

The inclusion of decapod crustaceans (e.g., crabs, lobsters) and cephalopods (e.g., octopus and squid) into the definition of an animal closes the loop and puts all actions of the fisher under attack i.e bait collection, use of the bait and or taking of the animal for consumption.

Please follow the steps on the right to help stop this madness.

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