Primary Industries Report Series Series

Model Code of Practice for the Welfare of Animals Edition 4

Domestic Poultry

October 2002
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  • Publisher
    CSIRO Publishing
  • Published
    30th October 2002
  • ISBN 9780643068674
  • Language English
  • Pages 44 pp.
  • Size 6.875" x 9.75"

Animal welfare considerations are becoming increasingly important for the keeping and farming of animals, both in Australia and internationally. Practices that may have once been deemed acceptable are now being reassessed in light of new knowledge and changing attitudes.

The minimum standards outlined in this Code are intended to help people involved in the care and management of poultry to adopt standards of husbandry that are acceptable. Special requirements for various species are given in the appendices.

This Code of Practice is intended as a guide for people responsible for the welfare and husbandry of domestic poultry. It recognizes that the basic requirement for welfare of poultry is a husbandry system appropriate to their physiological and behavioral needs.

The Code emphasizes that—whatever the form of husbandry—managers, employees and all others responsible for the day-to-day needs of domestic poultry have a responsibility to care for poultry under their control.