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The Animal Welfare Act 1985 aims to promote the welfare of animals in South Australia. The Act was last updated in 2008. The South Australian Government is reviewing the Animal Welfare Act to ensure the laws governing animal treatment stay up-to-date with community expectations.

Community consultation was undertaken in February and March 2023 through YourSAy to gather comments on how the current laws are working and how they might be improved. A Community Consultation Report summarising the feedback is now available.

The Department for Environment and Water has considered the community and stakeholder feedback and is now developing opportunities for reform. Options will be presented to the Minister for Climate, Environment and Water for consideration.

Further opportunity for stakeholder and community consultation on the proposed amendments to the Act are being considered.

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