RSPCA Policy document: January 2012
Following broad consultation with dog breeding groups, animal welfare organisations, and the veterinary
profession, RSPCA Australia developed a strategy report: End Puppy Farming – The Way Forward. The
report proposed seven key strategies to address the issue of puppy farming in Australia.
A number of the strategies require legislative amendment to state and territory animal management and welfare laws to facilitate the stated outcomes.
Broadly, these strategies concern the issues of traceability, in the sense of linking puppies to their
breeders and mothers, minimum standards of conduct for dog breeders, and appropriate legislative
mechanisms to facilitate enforcement.
This document outlines how state and territory governments may seek to implement these strategies within their animal management and welfare legislative regimes. The legislative elements required can be summarised as follows:
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