What is this survey about?

This survey asks questions about proposed animal welfare regulations on significant surgical procedures to do with: cattle – vaginal prolapses; sheep – vaginal prolapse (bearings); pigs - rectal prolapse; sheep - restrictions on teat removal; goat - restrictions on teat removal; cattle - restrictions on teat removal; pigs and cattle – application of nose rings, clips and wires; goat castration; and goat disbudding/dehorning.
 
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 role)

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* 4. Cattle – vaginal prolapses 

Proposal 7 - Competent non-veterinarians may treat a cow’s prolapsed vagina. 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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* 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 (cattle - vaginal prolapses)
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 proposals?

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* 8. Penalties and offences – see page 32 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 a non-veterinarian be able to treat vaginal prolapses in other species such as llama, alpaca, deer or goats?

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* 10. Should a method of retaining the vagina in place be prescribed? Should a penalty be provided for using an inappropriate method?

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* 11. Should pain relief be provided to the animal during the procedure?

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* 12. Should a non-veterinarian be able to treat uterine and rectal prolapses in cattle?

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* 13. Sheep – vaginal prolapses (bearings) 

Proposal 10 - Competent non-veterinarians may treat a sheep's prolapsed vagina. 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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* 14. Will the proposed regulation change the way you or others operate? If so, how?

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

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* 16. General Questions (sheep - vaginal prolapses)
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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* 17. Penalties and offences – see page 36 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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* 18. Should a non-veterinarian be able to treat vaginal bearings in other species such as llama, alpaca, deer or goats?

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* 19. Should a method of retaining the vagina in place be prescribed? Should a penalty be provided for using an inappropriate method?

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* 20. Should pain relief be provided to the animal during the procedure?

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* 21. Should a non-veterinarian be able to treat uterine and rectal prolapses in sheep?

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* 22. Pigs – rectal prolapse

Proposal 11 - Competent non-veterinarians may treat a pig’s prolapsed rectum. 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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* 23. Will the proposed regulation change the way you or others operate? If so, how?

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

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* 25. General Questions (pigs - rectal prolapse)
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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* 26. Penalties and offences – see page 37 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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* 27. Should regulations be made to allow non-veterinarians to treat rectal prolapses in other species, such as sheep, cattle, deer, goats, or llama and alpaca?

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* 28. Should a non-veterinarian be able to treat vaginal and uterine prolapses in a pig?

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* 29. Should pain relief be provided to the animal during procedures to treat prolapses?

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* 30. Should requirements and penalties apply to the method of treatment used?

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* 31. Sheep - restrictions on teat removal 

Proposal 9 - Competent non-veterinarians may remove extra teats from a sheep younger than 12 weeks old. A clean cut must be made that does not tear the tissue. All other teat removal is veterinarian-only, and pain relief must be used. 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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* 32. Will the proposed regulation change the way you or others operate? If so, how?

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

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* 34. General Questions (sheep - restrictions on teat 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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* 35. Penalties and offences – see page 35 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. Does this proposal capture what is current practice?

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* 37. If not, is it raising or lowering the standard?

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* 38. Are there any other species that are milked that should be considered for regulation?

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* 39. Goats - restrictions on teat removal

Proposal 14 - Competent non-veterinarians may remove extra teats from a goat younger than 12 weeks old. A clean cut must be made that does not tear the tissue. All other teat removal is veterinarian-only, and pain relief must be used. 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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* 40. Will the proposed regulation change the way you or others operate? If so, how?

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

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* 42. General Questions (Goats - restrictions on teat 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 proposals?

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* 43. Penalties and offences – see page 42 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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* 44. Does this proposal capture what is current practice?

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* 45. If not, is it raising or lowering the standard?

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* 46. Cattle - restrictions on teat removal 

Proposal 21 -Competent non-veterinarians may remove extra teats from a cattle beast younger than 12 weeks old. A clean cut must be made that does not tear the tissue. All other teat removal is veterinarian-only, and pain relief must be used. The owner or person in charge of the animal has responsibility to ensure that only competent people perform this procedure.
Previously MPI proposed a 6 week age restriction: the new proposal better matches current practice and international standards.


Do you agree with the proposal?

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

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

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* 49. General Questions (cattle - restrictions on teat 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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* 50. Penalties and offences – see page 53-54 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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* 51. Does this proposal capture what is current practice?

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* 52. If not, is it raising or lowering the standard?

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* 53. Pigs and cattle – application of nose rings, clips and wires 

Proposal 12 - Competent non-veterinarians may insert pig and cattle nose rings, clips and wires for animal management purposes. 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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* 54. Will the proposed regulation change the way you or others operate? If so, how?

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

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* 56. General Questions (pigs and cattle - application of nose rings, clips and wires)
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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* 57. Penalties and offences – see page 39 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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* 58. Is there any scientific research about the pain experienced by pigs during any of the procedures?

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* 59. Goat castration

Proposal 13 - Competent non-veterinarians may castrate goats.  Local anaesthetic that is authorised by a veterinarian for the purpose of the procedure must be used if:

  • the animal is over 6 months of age; and/or
  • a high tension band is used (regardless of the age of the animal).
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.

Do you agree with the proposal?

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

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

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* 62. General Questions (goat castration)
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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* 63. Penalties and offences – see page 40-41 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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* 64. Goat disbudding/dehorning

Proposal 25 - Competent non-veterinarians may disbud or dehorn goats. The goat must be given pain relief that is authorised by a veterinarian for the purpose of the procedure. 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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* 65. Will the proposed regulation change the way you or others operate? If so, how?

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

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* 67. General Questions (goat disbudding/dehorning)
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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* 68. Penalties and offences – see page 62 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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* 69. What form of pain relief is commonly used during these procedures?

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* 70. Pigs - use of electric prodders

Proposal 6 - This proposal is about regulation 48 (Use of electric prodders) in the Animal Welfare (Care and Procedures) Regulations 2018.

MPI seeks feedback on reducing the weight limit for the use of electric prodders on pigs in limited circumstances, that is, when they are loaded into restrained stunning pens. The weight limit is currently 150 kilograms. MPI proposes the weight be set between 70 and 150 kilograms.

Do you agree that electric prodders should be able to be used on pigs under 150 kg when loading them into a restrained stunning box?

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* 71. Will a change to the weight limit (in the proposal above) change the way you or others operate? If so, how?

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* 72. Has any other new information become available to suggest that further changes need to be made to regulation 48 (Use of electric prodders) in the Animal Welfare (Care and Procedures) Regulations 2018?

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* 73. Other comments on farm husbandry proposals

Please add any further comments you have about farm husbandry proposals:

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* 74. 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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