The Canberra Times; 21 Dec, 2010
The ACT Government will not support the Greens proposed animal welfare laws which sought to ban puppy displays in pet shop windows.
The draft legislation outlawed the sale of puppies and kittens from shops and markets with stores limited to selling pets on behalf of animal shelters.
Chief minister Jon Stanhope said the changes were ill-considered and would drive Canberrans to underground breeders.
He said only 14 per cent of pet sales occurred through pet shops.
”Banning the shop sale of pets from reputable breeders would lead to a surge in the number of animals purchased through the internet, at markets and over the back fence,” Mr Stanhope said.
But the Greens say the new laws would have protected animals and stopped the practice of intensive puppy farming. Greens MLA Amanda Bresnan said the Government had two years to regulate the industry but failed to act.
”I’m disappointed because it’s the usual thing we see from Mr Stanhope and this Government when they are embarrassed because they haven’t done something themselves instead of actively engaging, they just rubbish it,” Ms Bresnan said.
For more on this story, including the response of chief executive officer of RSPCA ACT Michael Linke, see the print edition of today’s Canberra Times.