Big Pond National News; Saturday, January 21, 2012
The Queensland Government aims to wipe out puppy farms under proposed new registration requirements for dog breeders.
Agriculture Minister Tim Mulherin says unscrupulous breeders who usually run large-scale operations in isolated areas will be squeezed out under a proposed two-tiered breeder registration system.
‘These notorious operations generally have very poor conditions – sometimes with hundreds of dogs – and fail to meet any of the dogs’ behavioural, social and physiological needs,’ Mr Mulherin said in a statement.
The registration system will be mandatory for intensive dog breeders with regular monitoring and voluntary registration for smaller scale breeders.
As well, microchips will include the breeder’s information and specific details about the mother of each litter.
‘This will allow authorities to more easily identify puppy farms and trace the origins of puppies,’ Mr Mulherin said.
He said with registered breeders having to display their identification number at the point of sale and on ads, consumer demand to buy from those breeders will soon force puppy farm operators out of the market.
The RSPCA’s Mark Townend welcomed the plan.
‘The RSCPA strongly urges all interested parties to get involved in the consultation process and make a submission,’ Mr Townend said.
The Canine Control Council said it has been working closely with the government for more than a year on ways to wipe out puppy farms.
Mr Mulherin said the standards will be open for comment until March 5.