Alpaca Welfare - Duty of Care

The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1979 and the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (General) Regulation 2006 promote the welfare of animals in NSW.

The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals legislation aims to prevent cruelty to animals, encourage the considerate treatment of animals and improve community awareness about the prevention of cruelty to animals. Provisions relating to alpacas include requirements to provide proper and sufficient food, water, shelter and veterinary treatment and offences for causing pain or suffering to an animal, whether intentionally or through neglect.

'Animal welfare' refers to how an animal is coping with the conditions in which it lives. An animal is in a good state of welfare if (as indicated by scientific evidence) it is:

  • healthy
  • comfortable
  • well nourished
  • safe
  • able to express innate behaviour
  • if it is not suffering from unpleasant states such as pain, fear, and distress.

Good animal welfare requires:

  • disease prevention and veterinary treatment
  • appropriate shelter
  • management
  • nutrition
  • humane handling and humane slaughter/killing.

Animal welfare refers to the state of the animal; the treatment that an animal receives is covered by other terms such as animal care, animal husbandry, and humane treatment. [OIE May 2008 - International Office of Animal Health]

'Duty of Care' is a legal obligation for people to take reasonable measures to protect the welfare of any animals that their activities impact upon.

Who do I call if I am concerned about the welfare of an alpaca?

If you are concerned about the welfare of an alpaca(s) please contact the Regional Alpaca Health and Welfare Officer or the NSW RSPCA Inspector on (02) 9770 7555.

Information taken from the NSW Department of Primary Industry Website:

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