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Function VF 111
Animal protection
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    Administration of animal welfare and protection services

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    Veterinary services Protection of fisheries and wildlife

 
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Background The Protection of Animals Act 1881 (45 Vic.,No.712), which was to be read and construed as one with Part II of the Police Offences Act 1865, prohibited cruelty towards animals. The Protection of Animals Act 1966 (No.7432) provided for the re-enactment with amendments of Division 2 of Part II of the Police Offences Act 1958. The Act made it an offence to undertake acts of cruelty towards animals. The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1968 provided for the retrospective incorporation of the Society (previously known as the Victorian Society for the Protection of Animals) under the Hospitals and Charities Act. From 1871 to 1895 the Society was an unincorporated association. Since 1895 the Society had been incorporated although doubts had arisen as to the legal existence, membership and control of the Society. The Protection of Animals Regulations 1974 were initially administered by the Chief Secretary's Department (Statutory Rules 436/1974). In 1980 the Protection of Animals Regulations 1974 were listed as a responsibility of the Fisheries and Wildlife Division of the Ministry for Conservation (Victorian Government Directory 1980). By February 1981 the Minister of Agriculture had assumed responsibility for the Protection of Animals Act 1966 (Government Gazette No.16 1981). The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1986 represented a re-enactment and updating of the Protection of Animals Act 1966. The 1986 Act enables Codes of Practice to be made in respect of any animal and provides stricter and more effective measures to protect animals from acts of cruelty. It also provides more stringent controls over scientific experiments on animals and introduces a comprehensive scheme of supervision of animal experimentation.
 
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    Agriculture VF 245
    Fisheries and wildlife VF 98
    Veterinary services VF 110
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- 1979 Chief Secretary's Department VA 475
1979 - 1981 Ministry for Conservation VA 551
1981 - 1985 Department of Agriculture VA 618
1985 - 1995 Department of Agriculture and Rural Affairs (known as Department of Agriculture 1991-1992; Department of Food and Agriculture January 1992 - October 1992; Department of Agriculture 1992 - 1995) VA 2649
1995 - 1996 Department of Agriculture, Energy and Minerals VA 3744
1996 - cont Department of Natural Resources and the Environment VA 3972
2002 - 2013 Department of Primary Industries VA 4563
2013 - cont Department of Environment and Primary Industries VA 5002
 
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- 1979 Chief Secretary VRG 26
1979 - 1981 Conservation VRG 55
1981 - cont Agriculture VRG 34
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