POCTAPrevention of Cruelty to Animals Act (Australia)
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Other key terms in the animal welfare Acts change widely by jurisdiction--the definition of 'cruelty' in the POCTA NSW (122) (and similarly in the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1986 (Vic) (123)) allows that there are circumstances created where the 'beating, kicking, mutilating or injuring an animal' might be committed reasonably, necessarily or justifiably, and therefore escape criminal liability.