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Learn more about Hendra virus in Queensland and the minimum acceptable standards of animal welfare for horses being transported by land.

Use of electric prodders on horses – an act of cruelty

From 1 August 2020, use of electric prodders on horses will be an act of cruelty under changes to the Queensland animal welfare laws to protect horses from unnecessary pain.

The changes follow recommendations made by the Inquiry into animal cruelty in the management of retired Thoroughbred and Standardbred horses in Queensland, also referred to as the Martin Inquiry.


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