MATT SMITH; MERCURY; OCTOBER 08, 2013
PUPPY farms will have to maintain a strict regimen of standards when looking after dogs under new regulations proposed by the State Government.
Tasmania’s chief vet Rod Andrewartha said the draft standards were established after significant feedback from the community and organisations.
The Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment is calling for public comment on a discussion paper looking into the minimum standards for the care of dogs. ( http://www.dpipwe.tas.gov.au)
Puppy farms, pet shops, animal shelters and pounds will have to adhere to a list of 90 minimum standards that cover everything from the staff they employ to the frequency of food, under the proposed new standards.
New standards will also apply to all dog owners. READ MORE HERE
news.com.au September 16th 2013
IT IS being called “Australia’s new live export scandal”.
Australian puppy farmers are making thousands of dollars selling dogs to pet shops in Singapore, where they are forced to live in squalor and confinement, a CLEO Magazine investigation has found.
Animal welfare group Oscar’s Law recently travelled to Singapore to witness the shocking treatment of Australian puppies, some of which are just eight weeks old.
Debra Tranter, the group’s founder, explained how the lucrative puppy trade works. READ MORE
The Age August 1, 2013 Thomas O’Byrne
The RSPCA has slammed the State Government’s proposed amendments to animal welfare requirements at legitimate breeding business, accusing the government of “effectively legalising” abhorrent conditions for animals.
The State Government is currently undertaking a review of its code of practice regarding minimum standards of care for domestic animal breeding businesses, following a pre-election promise to crackdown on illegal puppy farms and animal abuse.
But a proposed revision of the code, which has been released for public consultation, has been strongly condemned by the RSPCA. READ MORE HERE
Maitland Mercury EMMA SWAIN; May 23, 2013
Changes to animal welfare laws across NSW may sound the death knell for registered dog breeders across the Hunter Valley and do little to stop the practice of puppy farms, breeders have warned.
Brandy Hill dog breeder Debbie O’Donnell has joined a groundswell of Dogs NSW members calling for the NSW government to reconsider its newly released Companion Animal Taskforce and to exempt purebred breeders from the recommendations.
The breeders believe the recommendations – which include the separation of male and female dogs – will eventually force dog breeders out of existence. READ MORE HERE
Courier Mail ; ROBYN IRONSIDE; April 17, 2013
NO PUPPY put up for sale in pet shops will be put down in Queensland under a new policy announced at State Parliament yesterday.
Agriculture Minister John McVeigh joined eight-week-old pups Bobby and Phil for the announcement of an agreement between the Pet Industry Association of Australia and the RSPCA.
Under the deal, micro-chipped “ethically sourced” puppies sold through Queensland’s 140 or so PIAA member pet stores will be re-homed if abandoned or returned.
It is not known how many pups are destroyed if they are unwanted after being bought from pet shops but RSPCA CEO Mark Townend said the figure could be considerable.
About 40,000 dogs a year are put down in Queensland but that includes those euthanased for medical reasons.
PIAA Chief Executive Roger Perkins said the new policy was about guaranteeing “happy pets for life”.
“What this policy will do will be to substantially reduce the euthanasia rate,” he said.
“Previously that dog may’ve been euthanased for no decent reason because it was unable to be rehomed. Now we’ve struck this deal with the RSPCA, they will take that dog into their care and rehome it.”
Mr Townend said contrary to common belief, the RSPCA did not put down dogs after a certain period unless there was a behavioural or medical reason to do so.
All pups sold in PIAA member stores would also be guaranteed not to come from “puppy farms”, Mr Perkins said.
Rita Panahi ; Sunday Herald Sun; Dec 30 2012
THE GEELONG ANIMAL WELFARE SOCIETY IS AN EXAMPLE OF WHAT CAN BE ACCOMPLISHED WHEN A SHELTER WORKS WITH RESCUE GROUPS. PICTURE: MARK GRIFFIN HERALD SUN
MAHATMA Gandhi said “the greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated”.
Leaving aside the more complex issue of how we treat our livestock, it’s still difficult to determine if Australia is a progressive, humane society or one with a moral compass in urgent need of repair.
We have one of the highest rates of pet ownership in the world and spend billions caring for our furry friends – but we also put down thousands of healthy cats and dogs every week.
This disturbing paradox is particularly conspicuous this time of year, when animal lovers happily pay more than $1000 for a designer puppy while unwanted cats and dogs sit on death row in shelters awaiting their cruel fate. READ MORE HERE
Sunshine Coast Daily; Kate Clifford; 8th Nov 2012
THE State Government has thrown out legislation that would have stopped unlawful puppy farms and cruel backyard breeding programs.
The proposed new law, which received bipartisan support in 2011, was tabled with the previous government six weeks before this year’s election.
Mandatory registration of animal breeders and criminalising those who did not comply with the law were keys to the legislation.
RSPCA Queensland spokesman Michael Beatty said illegal breeding programs and cruelty against animals would have been slashed if the legislation was approved. Read More Here