Central Western Daily; BY LUKE SCHUYLER; 16 Jun, 2012
STRICTER dog laws will come into force in NSW later this year, according to Companion Animals Taskforce chair Andrew Cornwell.He said 20 dog attacks in Orange last year was far too high and the taskforce would look at options to reduce the number.
“Any dog attack is one dog attack too many,” he said.
“We’re working on dangerous dog laws over the next few months. READ MORE HERE
Wednesday 4 April, 2012; MEDIA RELEASE
Don Page MP Minister for Local Government Minister for the North Coast
Local Government Minister Don Page has told Parliament today that the NSW Government’s first ever Companion Animals Taskforce is close to releasing a Discussion Paper seeking community input on future pet policies in NSW, including ways to reduce the number of cats and dogs being euthanased in pounds.
Mr Page, whose portfolio covers the Companion Animals Act, told Parliament that the Taskforce will issue the Discussion Paper to invite the public to examine its initial proposals to promote responsible pet ownership, improve pet breeding practices in the community, and ultimately lead to fewer unwanted pets. READ MORE HERE
Hansard record Wed 4th April 2012
Ms CLOVER MOORE (Sydney) [10.09 a.m.]: I move:
(1) A select committee be appointed to inquire into companion animal welfare with the view to improving their welfare.
(2) That the committee consider the following matters:
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Daily Liberal, 17 August 2011
A Dubbo woman is taking the NSW government to task……
Media statement: Clover Moore, NSW, 16th August 2011
The NSW Government’s announcement yesterday of a Companion Animal Taskforce responds to the strong community lobbying in support of a Parliamentary inquiry in to companion animal welfare proposed by Clover Moore.
“On 27 July I gave notice of a motion to set up a select committee to investigate companion animal welfare and recommend law and policy reform” said Ms Moore.
“Around 60,000 healthy cats and dogs are killed annually in NSW, while cruel puppy farms and backyard breeders churn out new pets for sale. Litters from pets which haven’t been de-sexed end up on the streets and in pounds, and unfair regulations force people to give up cherished pets when they move into apartments, retirement villages and rental properties. READ MORE HERE
Media Release NSW Gov; Monday, August 15, 2011
TASKFORCE FORMED TO KEEP PETS OUT OF POUNDS
Minister for Local Government, Don Page, and Minister for Primary Industries, Katrina Hodgkinson, have announced the establishment of the State‟s first Companion Animals Taskforce.
High rates of pet euthanasia in NSW are a driving force behind the creation of the Taskforce. Recent figures show that in the last five years, more than 150,000 dogs and cats have been euthanased in pounds across the State. Mr Page, whose portfolio covers the Companion Animals Act, said the new Taskforce will aim to reduce current rates of pet euthanasia and promote responsible pet ownership in NSW. READ MORE HERE