Animal Carcass Disposal

Improper carcass disposal can have significant impacts on environmental, human and animal health. Poor carcass disposal can result in contamination of soil, ground water and water ways.

Access to poorly disposed carcasses can also allow for significant disease spread through scavengers, mosquitoes and vermin. Carcass disposal should occur as soon as possible after the animal has died.

Careful planning and management of disposal is important to ensure the safety of the community, other stock, the environment and to minimise the risk of disease spread. Animal owners and managers have a legal responsibility to ensure that disposal of carcasses does not adversely affect the environment.

The NSW EPA has guidelines to minimise environmental contamination and should also be consulted for advice when considering options for disposal. Council can also provide advice on how environmental impacts can be managed when considering options for carcass disposal.

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