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'Awful, terrible, shocking': McGowan government to outlaw puppy farming

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‘Awful, terrible, shocking': McGowan government to outlaw puppy farming

By Lauren Pilat
February 9, 2020 — 2.28pm
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West Australians will no longer be able to buy puppies and dogs from pet shop windows if the McGowan government’s legislative reform against puppy farming and animal cruelty gets the green light.

Premier Mark McGowan on Sunday said the Dog Amendment (Stop Puppy Farming) Bill 2019 will be introduced in Parliament to end the breeding of dogs in poor conditions, prevent overbreeding and crackdown on illegal breeders.

 

The McGowan government is driving legislation to outlaw puppy farming.

The McGowan government is driving legislation to outlaw puppy farming. CREDIT:RSPCA

 

Mr McGowan said the new laws would mean dogs would be traced throughout their lives via a central registration system, allowing authorities to identify dodgy or illegal breeders and shut down their operations.

“Under these laws it will be an offence to engage in puppy farming across Western Australia, we’re going to outlaw this awful, terrible, shocking practice and make sure as best we can we protect the interests and welfare of dogs across our state,” he said.

 

“We will also be providing assistance to pet shops to help them transition to dog and puppy adoption centres meaning they can re-home displaced and abandoned dogs.”

Maylands MLA and Puppy Farming Working Group chair Lisa Baker said some WA pet shops sourced thousands of puppies a year from illegal farms from over east instead of selling pedigrees responsibly sourced from the Canine Association of WA, DogsWest.

“This legislation will make our dogs and puppies safer, reduce the opportunity for illegal puppy farming and encourage better welfare for all dogs … it supports good breeding practices and responsible pet ownership,” she said.

“You won’t buy directly out of that shop window anymore ... now you’ll go to an adoption centre at an appropriate time, play with the puppies, have a look at them, spend time with them and think about your decision.”

Ms Baker said 200 charities across WA last year placed more than 3000 puppies and dogs in homes.

 

RSPCA WA chair Lynne Bradshaw welcomed the reform, which she said promised to deliver the most significant animal welfare improvement in WA since 2002.

“Right now, dog breeding is totally unregulated and anyone can breed as many puppies as they want,” she said.

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“RSPCA WA inspectors deal with many cases where unwanted puppies and dogs are simply abandoned and left to fend for themselves.”

Ms Bradshaw recalled recent cases of animal cruelty in which puppies were dumped in a shopping bag in bush near Collie, a box of 10 black and tan puppies with their umbilical cords still attached dumped near Narrogin Creek; and a litter of puppies dumped at a rubbish tip in Esperance.

 

The full costing of helping pet shops transition into adoption centres will be announced in coming months along with dog standards and guidelines dictating to pet owners how to best care for their animals.

If the legislation is passed in Parliament, registered breeders will still be able to breed while other dogs must be de-sexed by two years of age, unless exempt.

 

https://www.watoday.com.au/national/western-australia/awful-terrible-shocking-mcgowan-government-to-outlaw-puppy-farming-20200209-p53z5p.html

 

 

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asal   

its all the usual political furphy to get votes.

 

Pet shops will still be able to sell puppies through the window, just that they will have to be "rescue" puppies.

 

and all it means is that the commercial breeders have to pay to be 'registered' same now as victoria and qld.. = money in govt coffers.

 

its all a public relations feel good exercise.

 

so now every 'breeder' will be 'registered' so joe public wouldnt have a clue which is an ankc breeder or a now 'registered' and legal 'puppy farm'  except once its registered its no long a puppy farm its a 'registered breeder' wonder if they will have 'bin numbers' like qld or a different name? 

 

thats the only unanswered question perhaps

 

 

Priceless, so because "some WA pet shops sourced thousands of puppies a year from illegal farms from over east instead of selling pedigrees responsibly sourced from the Canine Association of WA, DogsWest."

 

Only rescues will be allowed instead?

 

Nothing like punishing the majority because of a few.

wonder if she will legislate all men over 14 will have to be castrated because some become rapists?

Same mentality, so lucky for the men of australia that the majority of politicians are male and she hasnt a hope of getting that passed.

 

 

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Meanwhile NSW and Qld are building brand spanking new puppy farms. Like the one in Bathurst built specifically to supply a Sydney pet retailer with oodles. 

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asal   
On 13/02/2020 at 9:35 PM, PossumCorner said:

Not wrong sg.  The chicken of apathy is coming home to roost.

 

Odd comment

 

The fanaticism to eliminate puppy farms borders on manic, along with the demands government micromanage all owner's. 

 

Curiously all it's achieved is the decimation of ANKC member's and the certification of more and more what?  Puppy Farms?

We live in interesting times.

 

Prime example of be careful what you wish for. 

 

 

 

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