Posted March 30, 2020 05:16:55 The ABC has been given exclusive access to the Australian quarantine plan for zoos in NSW.
The plan is designed to minimise the spread of disease in zoos, with quarantine facilities set up in every state and territory and a team of health experts to monitor outbreaks.
While the plan is intended to minimising the spread, the plan has sparked controversy and concern from animal welfare groups and animal welfare advocates who fear the plan will encourage unnecessary and potentially dangerous quarantine practices.
Zoos have already faced some criticism in recent years for their handling of animals in quarantine.
A group of Queensland zoo owners last year decided to quarantine a baby lion at the zoo for several days after it escaped from its enclosure, only to have the lion returned.
In June this year, the Australian Government announced it was considering mandatory quarantine for zoo animals.
There are also concerns about the quarantine plan, with some animal welfare activists claiming it could lead to unnecessary suffering and potentially even death.
“We don’t know how long it will take for the plan to be fully implemented, and the risks we will be exposed to and how we will react to these issues,” said Anne van Dyken from the Animal Welfare League, a charity that supports animal welfare issues.
Animal welfare groups have also criticised the plans, calling it a plan that is not designed to protect animals.
“The quarantine plans are based on an idea that quarantine is not going to be effective and can actually be harmful,” Ms van Dyke said.
She said it was not clear what would happen to animals that were sick but were not required to be confined.
“We would need to know what would be happening in the zoo before we can make any conclusions about how the quarantine would affect them,” Ms Van Dyken said.
“There are many animals that have already been put in quarantine in NSW, and it would be an awful idea to put animals in that situation.”
In terms of the impacts of quarantine on animals, we know that quarantine increases mortality, which increases the likelihood of transmission, and also increases the risk of disease and infection, so there’s no need to put them in quarantine if we know they will die from the disease.
“Mr MacLean of the Victorian Wildlife Foundation said he was concerned about the idea of mandatory quarantine.”
In February, the Queensland Government announced the introduction of quarantine restrictions for all zoos that had been accredited by the Australian Institute of Veterinary Research. “
If you have a quarantine plan in place and you have no reason to believe that it is going to reduce the number of sick animals that are going to die, then you’re going to need to implement a different plan.”
In February, the Queensland Government announced the introduction of quarantine restrictions for all zoos that had been accredited by the Australian Institute of Veterinary Research.
It also announced plans to implement mandatory quarantine measures for the state’s large animals.
The state also announced a review of quarantine practices for all large animals, including the reintroduction of the “Big Dog”, a giant seal.