NSW Taskforce: COMMUNITY TO HAVE A SAY ON CHANGES TO COMPANION ANIMALS AND DANGEROUS DOGS LAWS

 

Don Page MP                                  Katrina Hodgkinson MP Minister for Local Government                                                Minister for Primary Industries Minister for North Coast                                                            Minister for Small Business

MEDIA RELEASE

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)

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3 responses to “NSW Taskforce: COMMUNITY TO HAVE A SAY ON CHANGES TO COMPANION ANIMALS AND DANGEROUS DOGS LAWS

  1. You are so very fortunate to be invited to be a part of this process I wish Canada would follow your lead Well done to all those who made this happen and I urge all community members to take part.

    These are your pets, cats dogs and other animals that will be affected by the legislation that is brought about. Take this rare chance to be fully involved ?

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  3. christy

    what is there to discuss “desex and microchip at point of sale”. Saves millions of dollars in council and government funded rescue and impimenting the law. Keep it simple. Everytime I see a body like this it reeks of ‘vested interest” everyone is making sure that they all get a slice of the “multi million” dollar business of impliment the law, compliance of the law, and the huge business of “breeding” and “killing” You have to stop the cycle at the beginning not at the end.

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