What is this survey about?

This survey asks questions about proposed animal welfare regulations on significant surgical procedures to do with: poultry beak tipping; poultry spur removal; poultry toe trimming; and game fowl dubbing.
 
For more details on the proposals, see the full Discussion Paper.

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* 1. Your personal details

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* 2. Name of organisation (if you are submitting on behalf of an organisation)

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* 3. What is the best way to describe your role? (you can select more than one option)

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* 4. Poultry beak tipping
 
Proposal 15 - Beak tipping of poultry must be performed
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·         by a competent person;
·         within 3 days of hatching; and
·         by removing no more than one quarter of the upper or lower beak.

This means for one to three day old chicks, no more than 2 mm of the beak may be removed. 

For adult hens, no more than the blunting of upper and lower tips is permissible.*

The owner or person in charge of the animal has responsibility to ensure that only competent people perform this procedure according to the specifications in this proposal.

* Note that under Minimum Standard No. 16(c) of the Code of Welfare for Layer Hens, the tipping of beaks of individual hens after 3 days of age must only be undertaken in an emergency with veterinary approval and under veterinary supervision to help control outbreaks of cannibalism during the laying period.

Do you agree with the proposal?

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* 5. Will the proposed regulation change the way you or others operate? If so, how?

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* 6. Will the proposed regulation increase costs, and if so, why and by how much?

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* 7. General Questions (poultry beak tipping)
Please provide comment on any or all of the following questions:
  • What is the purpose of the procedure and how widespread is it in New Zealand?
  • What does good practice look like? Are there alternatives to the current practice, and what are the implications of their use?
  • Are there any non-regulatory options that would be more effective?
  • Are there any religious or cultural practices that would be impacted by the proposal?

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* 8. Penalties and offences -  see pages 43 - 44 of the Discussion Paper.
Please provide comment on any or all of the following questions:

  • Is the right person being held responsible for complying with the regulation?
  • Are the penalties appropriate to the severity of the offence?
  • Is the right type of offence (regulatory or infringement) proposed?

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* 9. Should hot blades be used to tip the beaks of poultry? At what age is it best to use a hot blade?

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* 10. What age is it appropriate to restrict the tipping of beaks with an InfraRed Beak Trimming machine?

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* 11. Are there any other farmed animals that the procedure is performed on which should be regulated? What are they?

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* 12. Are different restrictions necessary for breeder birds and turkeys? If yes, what should they be?

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* 13. How is blunting commonly performed? Does blunting meet the significant surgical procedure criteria?

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* 14. Is the penalty at an appropriate level to encourage compliance?

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* 15. Poultry spur removal 

Proposal 16 - Competent non-veterinarians may remove the spurs (rear toenails) of  poultry breeder birds. The owner or person in charge of the animal has responsibility to ensure that only competent people perform this procedure.


Do you agree with the proposal?

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* 16. Will the proposed regulation change the way you or others operate? If so, how?

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* 17. Will the proposed regulation increase costs, and if so, why and by how much?

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* 18. General Questions (poultry spur removal)
Please provide comment on any or all of the following questions:
  • What is the purpose of the procedure and how widespread is it in New Zealand?
  • What does good practice look like? Are there alternatives to the current practice, and what are the implications of their use?
  • Are there any non-regulatory options that would be more effective?
  • Are there any religious or cultural practices that would be impacted by the proposal?

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* 19. Penalties and offences – see page 45 of the Discussion Paper.
Please provide comment on any or all of the following questions:

  • Is the right person being held responsible for complying with the regulation?
  • Are the penalties appropriate to the severity of the offence?
  • Is the right type of offence (regulatory or infringement) proposed?

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* 20. Are there any other farmed animals that the procedure is performed on?

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* 21. Do lifestyle block owners or poultry fanciers perform the procedure?

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* 22. Is it appropriate to limit the age at which spur removal can be performed? If so, why?

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* 23. Poultry toe trimming 

Proposal 17 - 
Competent non-veterinarians may trim the toes of poultry breeder birds. The owner or person in charge of the animal has responsibility to ensure that only competent people perform this procedure. (A breeder bird is any bird that is used to produce replacement birds.)

Do you agree with the proposal?

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* 24. Will the proposed regulation change the way you or others operate? If so, how?

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* 25. Will the proposed regulation increase costs, and if so, why and by how much?

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* 26. General Questions (poultry toe trimming)
Please provide comment on any or all of the following questions:
  • What is the purpose of the procedure and how widespread is it in New Zealand?
  • What does good practice look like? Are there alternatives to the current practice, and what are the implications of their use?
  • Are there any non-regulatory options that would be more effective?
  • Are there any religious or cultural practices that would be impacted by the proposal?

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* 27. Penalties and offences – see page 46 of the Discussion Paper.
Please provide comment on any or all of the following questions:
  • Is the right person being held responsible for complying with the regulation?
  • Are the penalties appropriate to the severity of the offence?
  • Is the right type of offence (regulatory or infringement) proposed?

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* 28. Is toe trimming necessary? Are there other alternative techniques that achieve the same outcome (such as toe slitting or wing tagging)?

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* 29. Are there any other farmed animals that toe trimming is performed on?

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* 30. Should there be any further restrictions on toe trimming, such as an age limit?

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* 31. Game fowl - dubbing

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wo options:

Option 1: A competent person may dub game fowl. The bird must be given pain relief that is authorised by a veterinarian for the purpose of the procedure.

Option 2: Dubbing of game fowl is veterinarian-only. Pain relief must be used at the time of the procedure.

The owner or person in charge of the animal has responsibility to ensure that only competent people perform this procedure.


Please indicate which option you prefer and why.

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* 32. Will either of the proposed options change the way you or others operate? If so, how?

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* 33. Will either of the proposed regulations increase costs, and if so, why and by how much?

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* 34. General Questions (game fowl - dubbing)
Please provide comment on any or all of the following questions:
  • What is the purpose of the procedure and how widespread is it in New Zealand?
  • What does good practice look like? Are there alternatives to the current practice, and what are the implications of their use?
  • Are there any non-regulatory options that would be more effective?
  • Are there any religious or cultural practices that would be impacted by the proposed options?

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* 35. Penalties and offences – see pages 63-64 of the Discussion Paper.
Please provide comment on any or all of the following questions:
  • Is the right person being held responsible for complying with the regulation?
  • Are the penalties appropriate to the severity of the offence?
  • Is the right type of offence (regulatory or infringement) proposed?

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* 36. Is dubbing justified for the management of game fowl?

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* 37. Are there viable alternatives to dubbing to mitigate the risk of fatalities or serious injuries from fighting?

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* 38. Is there sufficient expertise in the veterinary community to dub game fowl?

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* 39. Other comments on the poultry and game fowl proposals

Please add any further comments you have on the poultry and game fowl proposals:

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* 40. Grounds to withhold information in this submission

Tell us if you think there are grounds to withhold specific information in your submission (such as commercial sensitivity or personal information). However, any decision MPI makes to withhold information can be reviewed by the Ombudsman, who may require the information be released.

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