Nine News , Dec 23 2010
A new dog breeder identification system to be introduced next year should help to stamp out dodgy puppy farmers, the RSPCA says.
Queensland Local Government Minister Desley Boyle on Thursday announced that in 2011 breeders must be registered and their ID numbers displayed anywhere puppies are sold.
Breeder’s ID numbers must be included in the advertising of puppies for sale and breeding bitches will be microchipped and their details included in the registration and microchipping of every puppy sold.
RSPCA spokesman Michael Beattie told AAP the new government regulations will impact on unscrupulous breeders and make internet dog sellers more accountable.
“It’s definitely a step in the right direction,” Mr Beattie said.
“It should also clamp down on the internet side of the business.
“We have to educate the public not to buy an animal unless they see the breeder’s number.
“You won’t be able to sell puppies at the market or through the newspaper unless you have a breeder’s number actually listed there.”
Ms Boyle said a number of animal welfare groups had been consulted on the new regulations including the RSPCA, the Animal Welfare League and Dogs Queensland.
She said the dog breeder ID regulations were developed to give consumers a pro-welfare choice when buying a dog.
Registration fees, fines and penalties have yet to be determined.
“There are unscrupulous puppy farmers out there who keep animals cooped-up in cramped conditions where they are constantly pregnant or lactating just to keep up with buyer demand,” Ms Boyle said in a statement.
“These are ruthless operators who typically put cash ahead of care and buyers are none the wiser. Puppy farms are not registered breeders.”
Mr Beattie praised the government for listening to the concerns of dog breeders and says the rules will make it tough for puppy farmers to continue.
“By government standards they have moved reasonably quickly. It basically took a year to come to fruition,” Mr Beattie said.
“It’s not going to solve the problem overnight, there’s big money in breeding dogs, but it will very definitely help and basically make it unprofitable for them (puppy farmers) to keep going.”
The new regulations are due to be introduced by mid-2011.