Pronged collar ban among Tasmanian reforms

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Banning pronged collars is among proposed reforms to decades-old animal welfare laws in Tasmania.

Authorised welfare officers have expanded powers under the legislation, which was released in draft form by the state government on Monday.

Queensland in May announced plans to join Victoria in banning pronged collars, which are illegal to import into Australia.

"Pronged collars are really evil things. They've got really sharp spikes. When you pull on a lead they actually poke into the dog's neck," RSPCA Tasmania chief executive officer Jan Davis told reporters.

"They're used supposedly for training dogs. They're not that common but any example is one too many."

Ms Davis said changes to the Animal Welfare Act 1993 would bring Tasmania up to speed with other states.

"We've got the highest rate of pet ownership of any state in Australia. Our act is a very old one, this is an incremental improvement in the legislation," she said.

Under the reforms, welfare officers will have greater powers to seize animals at risk.

Primary Industries and Water Minister Jo Palmer said she hoped the reforms could become law this year.

"This has been worked on with stakeholders and of course the RSPCA. In general, our community really want stringent rules around how animals should be treated," she said.

"Our community has a great love for animals. We understand their importance in our lives."

Community consultation on the proposals is open until July 20.

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