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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Identify and explain the purpose of Acts, Codes and associated legislation pertaining to animal welfare 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
261589  Identify and explain the purpose of Acts, Codes and associated legislation pertaining to animal welfare 
ORIGINATOR
Task Team - Animal Protection Standards 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 01 - Agriculture and Nature Conservation Nature Conservation 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard does not replace any other unit standard and is not replaced by any other unit standard. 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
There are many Acts pertaining to animals but few of them have reference to the welfare of animals. However, some of these other Acts can be used in support of a case under animal cruelty legislation, and inspectors are expected to have inherent knowledge of these pieces. One Act is concerned with injuries to people caused by animals. Inspectors should be aware of it if only to explain to complainants that such matters are outside their jurisdiction/boundary. Inspectors should identify the contents of the Acts applicable to the context and scope of their operation. They are also expected to show competence in the understanding of Codes of Practice, with reference to a Section of the Criminal Procedures Act.

This unit standard addresses that need and learners accredited with it will be able to:
  • Identify legislation pertaining to animal welfare.
  • Explain powers of entry.
  • Explain powers of seizure and relevant legislation.
  • Describe offences covered by animal cruelty legislation. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
  • An awareness of animal welfare Acts and Regulations.
  • Communication at NQF Level 4.
  • An overview of Inspector responsibilities. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Identify legislation pertaining to animal welfare. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Legislation pertaining to animal welfare is identified. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The relevance of Codes, Acts and Regulations to particular situations are explained in terms of the impact on the situation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Legislative tools pertaining to animal welfare legislation are explored and explained in terms of the functions of individual pieces of legislation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Implications of these individual pieces of legislation are explained in terms of their impact on an inspector's duties. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Relevant legislation that falls outside the bounds of animal welfare issues are identified and discussed in relation to the potential effect on the case. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Explain powers of entry of persons acting as police officers under animal protection legislation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Roles and responsibilities of Animal Protection Inspectors are described in terms of entry to private property in an animal protection situation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Circumstances in which an inspector's authority can supersede that of a Police Officer are explained in accordance with relevant legislation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Additional powers given to an inspector under certain circumstances for performing animals is explained in terms of relevant legislation. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Explain powers of seizure and relevant legislation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The regulations of the Criminal Procedures Act covering seizure are identified and explained in terms of the impact on work performance for an inspector. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    An explanation is given of the factors to be considered prior to the implementation of this regulation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Alternative ways of obtaining the right to seize animals if the matter is not urgent are identified in accordance with relevant legislation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The processes of carrying out emergencies and euthanasia are described in terms of minimising suffering to animals and without destroying evidence. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The advantages of getting the 'owner' to sign the animals over to the organisation are explained in terms of the process for dealing with the animal and minimising suffering without outside interference. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Describe offences covered by animal cruelty legislation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Common offences towards animals are described for a given area. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Actions accepted as cruel practices are identified for different animals in specific situations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Attachments to animals that may cause problems are identified in terms of the type of problems. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Cruel behaviour when liberating birds is described in terms of actions and conditions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The laying, clearing and selling of traps is described in terms of the methods employed and the effect on different animals. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Circumstances are described in which killing specific animals is an offence. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Assessment of this unit standard should be contextual and practical.
  • Assessors and moderators must be registered with the relevant accredited ETQA.
  • Assessors should be in possession of a relevant qualification that is at least one level higher than the level of this unit standard or have at least 5 years relevant practical experience.
  • Training providers must be accredited by a relevant ETQA.
  • Assessment should include both formative and summative assessment. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • Basic knowledge of Animals Protection Act No. 71 of 1962.
  • Basic knowledge of Performing Animals Protection Act No.24 of 1935.
  • Basic knowledge of Animal Matters Amendment Act No.42 of 1993.
  • Basic knowledge of relevant Regulations.
  • Distinguish between welfare and non-welfare animal legislations.
  • Be aware of other animal legislations that are not animal-welfare related.
  • Be aware of additional legislation that may support an animal cruelty case.
  • Detailed knowledge of powers of entry.
  • Detailed knowledge of pitfalls in using the regulation giving powers of seizure. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems using critical and creative thinking when deciding alternative courses of action involving entry and seizure. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organising oneself and one's activities when deciding how to file and how to access the appropriate legislation for the circumstances. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using verbal or written communication skills; when explaining circumstances covered in this standard. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate the world as a set of related systems when considering the impact of different legislation on an inspector's duties. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    N/A 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  65229   Further Education and Training Certificate: Animal Protection  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2012-06-30  LG SETA 


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