OWNER OBLIGATIONS NZ & ANIMAL CARE
ANIMAL WELFARE ACT 1999
The Act is a clear statement to New Zealanders – and to the rest of the world – that animals in New Zealand have a right to proper and sufficient care. The Act sets out the obligations of animal owners or people in charge of animals. They have to meet an animal's physical, health, and behavioral needs, and must alleviate pain or distress. The Five Freedoms:
- proper and sufficient food and water
- adequate shelter
- the opportunity to display normal patterns of behavior
- appropriate physical handling
- protection from, and rapid diagnosis of, injury and disease.