NZCAC Policy Statements

1. Responsible Companion Animal Guardianship 

The New Zealand Companion Animal Council supports the concept of responsible companion animal guardianship (RCAG) through the acknowledgement of animals as sentient beings and the provision of humane and compassionate life-long care that adheres to the Five Domains Model of animal welfare and contributes to a harmonious relationship between animals, people and the environment. 

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2. Permanent Identification of Companion Animals

The New Zealand Companion Animal Council supports the permanent identification of all companion animals through the implantation of microchips and registration on the New Zealand Companion Animal Register.

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3. Desexing of Cats and Dogs

The New Zealand Companion Animal Council supports the mandatory desexing of all cats and dogs prior to sexual maturity for reasons of population control, the prevention of unwanted litters, and long-term health and behavioural benefits, except where a veterinarian decides there is a valid health or behavioural benefit to delaying the procedure, or where the animal is part of a registered breeding programme.   

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4. Training and Behaviour Modification

The New Zealand Companion Animal Council supports and promotes the use of humane training methods that are based on an understanding of the way animals learn. The NZCAC encourages the use of reward-based training methods that do not inflict pain, fear, or unnecessary stress on the animal.

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