Health of Animals Regulations Part XII: Transportation of Animals-Regulatory Amendment – Interpretive Guidance for Regulated Parties
14.0 Segregation

14.1 Regulatory Authority

Health of Animals Regulations 149

14.2 Required Outcomes

Incompatible animals will be segregated to prevent suffering, injury or death.

14.3 Guidance to Regulated Parties

Segregation is to be interpreted as the physical separation of incompatible animals from each other to minimize the potential for injury, suffering or death of an animal due to aggression, trauma, social dominance, or other forms of physical or psychological harm between incompatible animals.

An animal is deemed incompatible with another if, by reason of its nature, species, temperament, gender, weight or age, it is likely to cause injury, suffering or death to the other animal. The animals' general behavior patterns can usually be predicted based on factors such as condition, species, sex, age, breed, class, reproductive status, and the presence of young animals.

Handlers are required to be aware of the potential incompatibility between animals and if in doubt, should segregate them.

Examples of animals that should be segregated include:

  • Mature intact males of the same species
  • Predator and prey species
  • Dominant and submissive animals
  • Animals from different sources
  • Dams with young from other animals
  • Different species
  • Animals of significantly different size and weight
  • Compromised animals from fit animals
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