The powers & duties of an Animal Welfare Inspector
An Animal Welfare Inspector is a law enforcement officer appointed by Minister of Agriculture to uphold the laws set out in the Animal Welfare Act 1999
This entitles an Inspector to specific powers:
- The power of entry onto land, premises or vehicles.
- The power to seize any animal, where necessary.
- The power to mitigate suffering.
- The power to humanely destroy any animal, when necessary.
- The right to prosecute any person deemed to be breaking the laws set out by the Animal Welfare Act 1999.
These powers are essential to an inspector so they can investigate complaints into alleged breaches of the Animal Welfare Act 1999.
A large component of the position held by an Animal Welfare Inspector is to educate the members of the community in acceptable and reasonable animal care.
The Nelson Region extends north of the Whangamoas from Kokaroa in the North to the Lewis Pass in the South, this also includes Motueka and Golden Bay Branches.