Animals are fundamental to Australia's history and development. They are a source of companionship, food, fibre and other products.
Scientific studies show that inadequate welfare standards compromise the growth, reproduction and survival of animals. It is the personal responsibility of anyone who interacts with animals to make sure they are treated decently and appropriately.
In South Australia, the Animal Welfare portfolio is administered by the Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation. Animal welfare crosses all government agencies and covers all animals, whether they are native, feral, owned or wild.
DEWNR administers the Animal Welfare Act 1985 (the Act) and provides advice to the state government, non government organisations and the general public on the Act and animal welfare issues in general.