Animal Welfare Legislation supports compliance of good practice management within captive facilities
Provides clear and concise guidance on management parameters
Supports both generic animal welfare practices and more specific management practices through subsidiary and codes of practice
Provides authority that oversees all institutions and can devolve Powers out to expert committees
Demonstrates national commitment to captive and wild animal care and management
Further to this, a national zoo standard for captive wild animals can provide a backbone for further standards in compliance on a wide range of animal related issues (farming, research, companion, agricultural, entertainment), can be developed to be country appropriate and provides a central Authority for enforcement.
Guidelines are NOT a substitute for licensing as they cannot enforce standards and are not moderated by a chosen authority, but are created by experienced stakeholders. Guidelines are generally not mandatory but instead provide direction. A zoo license gives authority to its chosen Power to implement these guidelines through it’s primary legislation.