An animal that is permanently tethered cannot express normal patterns of behaviour.
In our submission we will be proposing amendments to the Act that expressly prohibit tethering of animals without a reasonable excuse.
Tethering causes frustration, distress and panic, builds insecurity and anxiety and can lead to aggression and other behavioural disorders. Entanglement can result in an inability to access water, shade or shelter. Panic sets in which quickly leads to injury or overheating and a painful death.
Too often our Inspectors have encountered animals that have died on a tether or suffered immensely as a result of tethering - both physically and behaviourally. Here are some shocking examples we’ve investigated.
Luckily, some of these animals did survive.
Not only do our Inspectors investigate these cases, they also conduct prosecutions in relation to many animals suffering serious physical injury, psychological harm or painful death as a direct result of tethering. Even if there has been no physical injury or death, prosecutions are conducted into animal tethering.
Most often our Inspectors see tethering of dogs, horses, goats, cats and large birds including poultry. It is sometimes also seen in relation to other livestock including cattle, pigs and alpacas. Unfortunately, some people still aren’t getting the message that tethering is dangerous and can be a death sentence.
You can help us make improvements to animal welfare under the Act by having your say here on the Animal Care and Protection Act 2001 review by May 21st, 2021.