Action needed on puppy farms

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The rejection by Gwydir Shire Council of a 300-breeder, intensive puppy farm at Inverell again highlights the urgent need for state wide rules for breeding and selling puppies.

Animal welfare groups and the community more broadly are concerned for the welfare of animals in unregulated, factory breeding environments.

The proposal in the state’s north-west is just one of a number of recent examples of large, unregulated puppy farms.

The Baird Government has so far refused to act and bolster regulations around the registration of breeding facilities, treatment of breeding dogs and their puppies, and the circumstances in which they are kept.

Labor took a robust animal welfare policy to the 2015 state election. Other states, including Victoria, have taken action in their respective jurisdictions to either ban or strictly regulate intensive puppy farms.

The groundwork for the government has been done through a committee inquiry, Labor’s policy proposal and regulation implemented in other states – there is no excuse for the ongoing inaction in NSW.

Mick Veitch, Shadow Minister for Primary Industries said , “Cases of animal mistreatment at large scale puppy factories are deeply distressing.”

“The Baird Government needs to show it takes animal welfare seriously and act now for the humane treatment of animals.”

“When dog breeders are doing the wrong thing, the RSPCA should be able to seize the animals – as happens in Victoria.”

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