Tasmania is poised to make 2014 a better year for companion animals

The Sunday Mercury – column/Anne Boxhall;  Sunday 29 2013

Tasmania is poised to make 2014 a better year for companion animals with new regulations on the breeding and selling of puppies.

Due to the growth in large scale commercial breeding operations, other states are doing the same. Last week Victoria announced its revised mandatory code of practice for breeding and rearing businesses, claiming it to be strictest set of regulations in the world to protect the welfare of domestic animals. It’s come about as part of that Government’s commitment to crack down on rogue puppy farms and involved feedback through 25,350 submissions. The code includes breeding limits to improve the likelihood of animals successfully finding homes, READ MORE HERE

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Inquiry-told-of-cruelties-as-greyhound-slaughter-continues-unchecked

SMH Dec 8 2013 Natalie O’Brien

Thousands of healthy greyhound puppies are disappearing, presumed killed, every year, but their deaths are not reported or investigated by the $144 million greyhound racing industry.

Shocking details about puppy farming and the mass killing of the pups have emerged as a record number of people and organisations told a NSW parliamentary inquiry about the dark practices of the greyhound industry.

In one submission, a former industry participant, who did not want to be identified because he said he feared for his safety, said: “I actually found a brown sack one day, when washing my hands in the river that ran through the property, full of dead newborn pups.”

In 2011, up to 3440 puppies were born in registered litters but disappeared before they were named. Naming is a prerequisite for the dogs to race. READ MORE HERE

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NSW strata title law reform proposal means optimistic news for pets…..

Strata Title Law Reform;  Strata & Community Title; Law Reform Position Paper Nov 2013

 Extract from position paper

“4.7       Amend the current residential model by-laws to allow pet ownership with permission, which can not unreasonably be refused and also provide that certain small pets can be kept without permission.

The current model by-laws include three options for regulating pet ownership in schemes. One of these options is to impose a total ban on pet ownership.

It is proposed to replace the current options with a single by-law that will allow certain pets (that is, cats, small dogs, birds and fish) to be kept without permission and all other pets with permission, which cannot unreasonably be refused. Reasonable grounds for an owners corporation to refuse permission might include that the pet is likely to impact other lot owners’ use or enjoyment of their lot or the common property.

There was a strong view in the submissions that pet ownership was unreasonably restricted in many strata schemes. This is a particular problem for pet owners looking to buy or rent a unit. It is thought that by changing the model by-laws, more and more schemes will allow pets to be kept over time.

It is important to note that schemes will still be able to ban pets or certain types of pets if they wish to do so.”

Full position paper available here: http://www.stratachoice.com.au/files/pdfs/72323_Position%20Paper%20-%20Strata%20Title%20Law%20Reform.pdf

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Tough new code for Tassie dog owners and animal businesses

MATT SMITH; MERCURY; OCTOBER 08, 2013

PUPPY farms will have to maintain a strict regimen of standards when looking after dogs under new regulations proposed by the State Government.

Tasmania’s chief vet Rod Andrewartha said the draft  standards were established after significant feedback from the community and organisations.

The Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment is calling for public comment on a discussion paper looking into the minimum standards for the care of dogs. ( http://www.dpipwe.tas.gov.au)

Puppy farms, pet shops, animal shelters and pounds will have to adhere to a list of 90 minimum standards that cover everything from the staff they employ to the frequency of food, under the proposed new standards.

New standards will also apply to all dog owners. READ MORE HERE

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Rutherford RSPCA kills family’s dogs

Newcastle Herald ,  By JANEK SPEIGHT Sept. 18, 2013

NSW RSPCA is at the centre of another storm regarding its Rutherford shelter’s kill policy after two healthy dogs were put down this week.

Two Jack Russell terriers, Nikki, 1, and Rocket, 2, were euthanised despite owner Kylie McCrea negotiating to get them home.

A fee of almost $1000 was blocking the dogs’ release. Despite not failing any health or temperament tests, a supervisor deemed the dogs a ‘‘nuisance’’ and ordered them destroyed.

It follows a similar incident last year when Max the pointer was put down at Rutherford after failing a controversial temperament test. READ MORE HERE

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Australian puppy farmers making thousands selling puppies to squalid pet shops in Singapore

news.com.au September 16th 2013

IT IS being called “Australia’s new live export scandal”.

Australian puppy farmers are making thousands of dollars selling dogs to pet shops in Singapore, where they are forced to live in squalor and confinement, a CLEO Magazine investigation has found.

Animal welfare group Oscar’s Law recently travelled to Singapore to witness the shocking treatment of Australian puppies, some of which are just eight weeks old.

Debra Tranter, the group’s founder, explained how the lucrative puppy trade works. READ MORE

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News from UK: Life sentences for dangerous dog owners considered

Police Professional.com; 06 Aug 2013

Dog-owners whose pets attack and kill people could face life sentences under new proposals announced in a consultation by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).

The suggested reforms to the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 would see a dramatic extension of the maximum sentence for the owners of dogs who seriously injure or kill people or guide dogs, which currently stands at two years in prison and an unlimited fine. 

The changes would be added into the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill, which is currently being debated in Parliament.

The consultation, which runs until September 1, follows recent efforts to expand the remit of the Act to include dog attacks on all private property, rather than the current system where only incidents occurring in public or private land where the animals were prohibited.

While only 16 people have been killed in dog attacks since 2005, the number of guide dogs attacked has risen to a record high of ten a month and the Communication Workers’ Union (CWU) claims 23,000 postal workers have been attacked in the past five years, 70 per cent of which were on private property and hence could not lead to prosecution.

The Government states in the consultation it believes life sentences for some of the more serious aggravated attacks would be “disproportionate”, with death caused by careless or dangerous driving punishable with maximum sentences of five and 14 years.

However, it claimed the consensus was current sentencing limits were too low and with offenders convicted of using a dog as a weapon to commit manslaughter or murder already able to receive life sentences, it is consulting the public to determine the correct level of deterrent.

Lord de Mauley, animal welfare minister, said: “Dog attacks are terrifying and we need harsh penalties to punish those who allow their dog to injure people while out of control. We are already toughening-up laws to ensure that anyone who owns a dangerous dog can be brought to justice, regardless of where a dog attack takes place. It is crucial that the laws we have in place act as a deterrent to stop such horrific incidents.”

Dave Joyce, national health and safety officer for the CWU, welcomed the proposals and said: “Current sentencing arrangements do not match the serious nature of offences. Only one person has ever been imprisoned for a dog attack on a postal worker when the postman was nearly killed but the sentence was just four and a half months. As the number of dog attacks and number of fatalities continues to grow, sentencing must get tougher to deal with irresponsible, negligent dog owners.”

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