Don Page MP Katrina Hodgkinson MP Minister for Local Government Minister for Primary Industries Minister for North Coast Minister for Small Business
Monday, 25 March 2013
COMMUNITY TO HAVE A SAY ON CHANGES TO COMPANION ANIMALS AND DANGEROUS DOGS LAWS
Minister for Local Government Don Page and Minister for Primary Industries Katrina Hodgkinson are today encouraging the NSW community to have a say on the proposals made by the State’s first pet taskforce.
“Two reports from the Companion Animals Taskforce, which have been released today, make recommendations to improve animal welfare and the management of domestic cats and dogs in NSW,” Mr Page said.
Each year over 30,000 dogs and cats are euthanased in NSW.
“The key objectives of the Taskforce were to reduce this tragic toll, while safeguarding the community from dangerous dogs and boosting registration and microchipping rates,’’ Mr Page said.
Some of the key recommendations include:
- Options to introduce annual registration and fees for all cats and dogs;
- Registration discounts for buying an animal from a pound or shelter;
- Proposals to establish a breeder licensing system to encourage responsible breeding;
- Stronger powers to manage and restrict dangerous dogs; and
- Statewide education programs concerning animal welfare.
“The NSW Government has established a six-week consultation period, starting this Wednesday, to gather the views of all interested groups and individuals prior to formulating its response to the reports,” Mr Page said.
“We are particularly interested in responses to issues not included in the 2012 Taskforce discussion paper, such as the dangerous dog recommendations.”
“This is a unique opportunity to better protect the welfare of cats and dogs while enhancing community safety and making it easier for people to care for companion animals,” Ms Hodgkinson said.
“I encourage anyone with an interest in these issues to lodge a submission.
“I would like to thank veterinarian and Member for Charlestown Dr Andrew Cornwell MP for chairing the Taskforce, as well as the Taskforce members for their commitment and diligent work,” Ms Hodgkinson said.
All submissions will be published on the Division of Local Government’s website.
The two taskforce reports and feedback forms are available at www.dlg.nsw.gov.au
Submissions close on Friday, 10 May 2013.
Media: Jonathan Porter 0418 945538 (Don Page) Kerri Griffiths 0417 905 119 (Katrina Hodgkinson)