Thursday, December 22nd, 2011
Australian horses are the beneficiary of a collaborative approach to sharing common ground on horse welfare & wellbeing.

A new survey for horse owners follows the recently launched Australian Horse Welfare Protocol.

Developed by horse owners for horse owners, the Australian Horse Welfare Protocol is a set of eight agreed principles including sharing information, working collaboratively, actioning continuous improvement, supporting research & promoting education. Annexures include a Code of Practice, links to research organisations and resources for clubs.

Horse clubs & organisations are invited to sign up to the protocol.

“It’s easy to participate through an online process which provides the signatory with a certificate to display.” said Dr Roger Lavelle, President of the Australian Horse Industry Council. “The Protocol belongs to those who are the signatories”

As part of an annual review process set in place for the Protocol, a national horse welfare & wellbeing survey is now online. Closing on 4 March, the survey aims to gather baseline data on how horses are typically kept and cared for in Australia. Information that has only been captured in part or informally in the past.

The Protocol and the Survey can be found on the newly launched Australian Animal Welfare Strategy website developed by the Department for Agriculture, Fisheries & Forestry.

Horse organisations seeking more detailed information can contact the Australian Horse Industry Council.


Australian Horse Welfare Protocol
Australian Horse Welfare & Wellbeing Survey
Australian Horse Industry Council

Media contact:
Roger Lavelle: 0428 996 328 03 54291 682


Contact Profile

Australian Horse Industry Council

The Australian Horse Industry Council (AHIC) is a national representative body serving the Australian Horse Industry. The main role of the AHIC is to provide a voice for the interests of horses and horse owners in national forums. AHIC, along with HRA, and the ARB, are the three peak bodies the Minister of Agriculture consults with.
Roger Lavelle
P: 0354 291 682
M: 0418 996 328

Judi Tainsh

P: 03 5222 6650





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