Pet Industry Association responds to pet “kill rates” debate

PIAA Pet Industry News, October 12

Petstores will help to reduce the number of abandoned dogs euthanised each year with a major  industry policy being rolled out across the country.

With reference to tonight’s SBS Insight program on pet kill rates, the Pet Industry Association of Australia (PIAA) says the pet industry is working hard with bodies like the RSPCA to reduce the number of dogs euthanized.

The PIAA’s Dogs Lifetime Guarantee Policy on Traceability and Re‐homing has just taken effect in NSW, in partnership with the RSPCANSW, with launches in other states soon to follow.  This policy guarantees any dog  purchased from a PIAA
member that is subsequently abandoned by its owner will be re‐homed and saved from euthanasia.

PIAA Chief Executive Roger Perkins said consumers can now be confident that by buying a dog or puppy from a PIAA member store, they are helping to save many dogs from being put down. “We see our association has an important role to play in this area of animal welfare, with this policy showing that responsible pet stores are part of the solution towards more humane treatment of
our pets,” Mr Perkins said.

The PIAA Dogs Lifetime Guarantee Policy on Traceability and Re‐homing requires that all PIAA member‐sold dogs are microchipped before sale.

PIAA are leading industry change by working with State Governments where this is not compulsory, including in SA and WA, to convince them of its merits.  Mr Perkins said: “Microchipping is necessary to trace the ownership of a dog. If the current

registered owner of a dog cannot be found by a pound or animal shelter, and the chain of ownership shows the dog was originally purchased from a PIAA store, we will arrange for the dog to be picked up and cared for until it can be re‐homed.”

This policy also guarantees that prospective owners can be assured that dogs purchased from PIAA member stores are sourced from PIAA approved breeders who meet legal and animal welfare standards and whose operations are subject to an independent audit by a veterinarian each year.
PIAA patron Dr Harry Cooper said the PIAA should be congratulated for implementing this policy. “It sets a high bar for everyone else in the industry when it comes to animal welfare and caring for dogs beyond the point of sale.

The PIAA has taken a real leadership position that gives consumers confidence when deciding where to buy a puppy,” Dr Cooper said.

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6 responses to “Pet Industry Association responds to pet “kill rates” debate

  1. Danni

    I’m amazed and flabbergasted! That an organisation such as the PIAA and the spokespersons/leaders who represent it, can OPENLY condone puppy farms and yet cant/wont see their part in the whole homeless animals situation, is now saying they can ensure animals sold in their members pet stores can be traced from birth to death. Gee, you really cant put brains in stautes can you?

    Lifetime guarantee on rehoming huh?? Wow, you better get ready to lose a crate load of dough PIAA, because we will remember your GUARANTEE, and we will HOLD YOU TO IT.. Every single impulse purchase made at your member stores that subsequently winds up in a shelter, is coming back to you, and we will want to SEE PROOF of your supposed “rehoming guarantee” in action.. The nation is watching you..

    I would still love to know how will this “lifetime traceability’ will work? The Companion animals register and its ilk only record the details of the CURRENT owner, not the breeder, store where the animal was sold or any other useful information. Only the CURRENT OWNER DETAILS..

    If folks cant see this rubbish for the contrived media PR spin that it is, then they haven’t got a brain..

  2. This is another reason why the “Animal welfare industry” needs to be regulated and licenced. Both breeders and animal welfare groups openly oppose this whilst both are vocal on legislative and council/shire management of pounds and RSPCA policies.

    Dr Harry Cooper is in my opinion nothing but a “fee for service and appearance” minor celebritiy who once insighted restricted breed owners to commit an offence by stating a false breed on dog registration papers. His “seal of approval” and endorseent is obtainable by purchase for an approporiate fee to the highest bidder.

    Once state enforced licencing and regulation is legislated, these sort of propoganda will cease.

  3. Denise Howmuchmorecrapdowehave tocop

    Dr Harry. You are supposed to be a vet. Have you never heard of puppy farms? Where are your ethics and where is your conscience??? It is now time to stop opening your mouth and singing songs to the tune of how much you are being paid.

  4. Catty Bates

    It reads very hollowly, doesn’t it? Lifetime traceability… right. So, you just claim the dog was nasty, ill, injured, feral and voila, you can shoot it at the local tip and thus ends the microchip and it’s traceability.

    As an idea, sure, great, fine, but that there is absolutely no obligation for a breeder to be a member of anything… it’s such a worthless policy. And all it is is a system to run around pretending to clean up after the initial negligence of breeders, which this “policy” completely fails to address. They’d do better to donate their money to dog rescue groups, which is where these “traceable” dogs will end up anyway. As we all know!

    • Donating to so called dog “rescue” group who are unregulated and unlicenced isnt the answer either. It’s the other side of the fence.

      The whole animal welfare “industry” (and yes, its a industry not a community service) requires regulation and licencing on a state by state basis as a matter of priority.

      Self-regulation in any sort of form either “professional” or ad-hoc in this industry can not be trusted. State enforced reguation by legislation and a governing body which is answerable to a parliamentry member is the only method for a group of individuals/groups and associations that has a poor track record on all sides to be made accountable.

      Stricter laws and even stricter enforcement coupled with regulation and licencing for all concerned is required. No group or individual who claims to be an expert on this matter can dominate the industry if this measure is in place.

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