The uses of animals in this sector include animals exhibited at zoos and fauna parks, aquariums and agricultural shows, those performing in circuses, taking part in sporting events such as racing and rodeos, working in security, on farms or in the film and television industry, and those engaged for recreational pursuits such as hunting and riding.
The broad nature of this sector poses challenges unlike any other, whereby more than 2000 species are cared for across these areas. Given this complexity, each area needs to be carefully managed according to the individual nature of animal use.
There are differing state and territory animal welfare arrangements, under various Acts, that affect the standards of animal care required for animals in each of these sectors.
While animal welfare arrangements differ between each state and territory, the Animals Used in Work, Recreation, Entertainment or Display Working Group actively built on these existing animal welfare arrangements.
The challenges to improving the welfare of animals used in sport, work, recreation or display include:
- the need to address the large number and disparate nature of the animal groups represented by the sector
- the need to address the lack of specific legislation pertaining to all animals used in this sector
- the need to address the dispersed nature of the existing rules, codes of practice and guidelines as developed by the sector’s peak industry bodies