Wednesday, June 23, 2010


Definition: That for which anyone is responsible or accountable;
The act of binding oneself by a social, legal, or moral tie
An obligation to give duty of care to any What does having a duty of care to animals mean?
Dairy farmer with cows and bale of hay
Meeting your duty of care includes providing appropriate feed.
The duty of care is based on the internationally-recognised ‘five freedoms’ of animal welfare.

Having a duty of care for an animal that you are in charge of means you are legally obliged to care for it by providing for its needs in a reasonable way for:
* food and water
* accommodation or living conditions
* the display of normal behavioural patterns
* treatment of disease and injury * handling the animal.
The Animal Care and Protection Act 2001 states that in deciding what is 'appropriate', regard must be given to:
* the species, environment, and circumstances of the animal (e.g. the age of the animal and where it lives)
* what steps a reasonable person would take in the circumstances.
People in charge of livestock need to understand some of the special circumstances that may apply to the duty of care for livestock.

It doesn’t matter why you are in charge of the animal, what you are using it for or how long the animal is in your care - if you are in charge of an animal, you have a duty of care to that animal.
Lack of proper care leads to neglect and animal suffering, and you may breached your legal duty of care.The animal’s owner, for example, is responsible for deciding what (if any) treatment that the veterinarian offers is given. The veterinarian is responsible for providing the owner with information on the animal welfare consequences of such decisions. If an animal suffers because of a decision (or lack of decision) by the owner who has been informed of the possible consequences, the owner is the responsible person.
the owner is responsible for the animal. A lack of ability to pay does not pass that responsibility to the veterinarian.
What does the ‘duty of care’ mean?

“Duty of care” is a legal phrase which means that someone has an obligation to do something. Prior to the Animal Welfare Act 2006, people only had a duty to ensure that an animal didn’t suffer unnecessarily. The new Act keeps this duty but also imposes a broader duty of care on anyone responsible for an animal to take reasonable steps to ensure that the animal’s needs are met. This means that a person has to look after the animal’s welfare as well as ensure that it does not suffer. The Act says that an animal’s welfare needs include:

* a suitable environment (how it is housed);
* a suitable diet (what it eats and drinks);
* the ability to exhibit normal behaviour patterns;
* any need it has to be housed with, or apart from, other animals; and * protection from pain, suffering, injury and disease.All people who have animals in their care have a responsibility to ensure that they have adequate knowledge, training and skills to apply in the protection of the welfare of animals. These people have an enduring obligation to seek expert assistance where necessary to ensure the welfare of animals.

I feel Duty of care when breeding alpacas.
IS the Owners responsibility, to make sure the alpaca is wormed regularly, or at least a faecal test to make sure the alpacs has not a worm burden, to innoculate against colostrial diseases, give vitamin ADE when indicated by the area or country you live in.Veterinary care should be given if necessary, and if uncertain about any reactions, or symptoms, call a vet immediately.Adequate housing and protection should be offered especially after been shorn, from all adverse weather conditions.
Adequare and safe transportation of the alpaca, ensueing the alpaca is able to get fresh air, is moved safely, there are no sharp objects in the area he is being transported in.
and is not exposed to exhaust fumes.
Access to freash, mouldy feed.
this is the obligation and responsibility of the owner, to make sure these vital needs of the alpaas are met.
Ownership is when the contract is signed, like a house contract, the responsibility, ongligation and ownership takes place on the signing of a sale contract.

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