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What can I do if I'm concerned about the treatment of animals in a film, television or theatrical performance?

Article ID: 509
Last updated: 22 Mar, 2016
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There are many instances where animals are used during the making of a film, a TV program, the theatre or in advertising. The RSPCA believes that animals used in these situations must not be caused any injury, suffering or distress for the purpose of their performance or associated training.

The controls over the use of animals in film, television, theatre or advertising may vary between each state/territory.

NSW - Code of practice for the welfare of animals in films and theatrical performances. NSW Department of Primary Industries Animal Welfare Branch.

Queensland - Code of practice for the welfare of animals in film and television. Animal Welfare Unit at Biosecurity Queensland.

Victoria - Code of practice for the welfare of film animals. Bureau of Animal Welfare DPI Victoria.

ACT - Animal Welfare (Animals Used on Film Sets) Code of Practice 2010. ACT Government.

For other states/territories you should contact the State Department responsible for animal welfare in that State.

NOTE: If you are concerned about the welfare of an animal, suspect animal cruelty or that an animal is suffering please contact the relevant state RSPCA Inspectorate as soon as possible: http://www.rspca.org.au/report-cruelty


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Also read
document What does the RSPCA think about performing animals?
document RSPCA Policy C01 Animals in sport, entertainment, performance, recreation and work - general principles
document RSPCA Policy C02 Performing Animals

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