Rules for animals in captivity up for debate

Anyone wanting to have their say on the rules for keeping animals at zoology parks, aquaria and other facilities will need to make a submission before May.

At present there are different rules for keeping different types of animals.

The Zoo and Aquarium Association has made an application asking for one standard set of rules and guidelines, which it says will make life easier for keepers, auditors and inspectors.

The application also proposes 15 new rules including a requirement that the facility have a long term financial plan, and a plan for what will happen to each of their animals if the facility closes.

Submissions are open until May, and a public hearing will take place at the end of June.

- Newstalk ZB

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