The Queensland Government's Animal Welfare Program has four main aims:
- Promote the responsible care and use of animals
- Provide standards for animal care and use that
- achieve a reasonable balance between the welfare of animals and the interests of people whose livelihood depends on animals
- allow for the effect of advancements in scientific knowledge about animal biology and changes in community expectations about practices involving animals
- Protect animals from unjustifiable, unnecessary, or unreasonable pain (i.e. cruelty)
- Ensure that the use of animals for scientific purposes is accountable, open and responsible.
These four aims are outlined in section 3 of the Animal Care and Protection Act 2001 (ACPA).
The ACPA sets animal welfare standards through regulations on specific matters. These regulations are amalgamated in the Animal Care and Protection Regulation 2012.