Public parliamentary inquiry news…..

dog_kitten_bars_small.jpgText from Fix NSW Animal Policy:

Last week a call for a Public Parliamentary Inquiry into the Pet Industry was put forward by Senator Ian Cohen after a massive public outcry in the SMH, the nation’s top newspaper.

 So why a public parliamentary inquiry?

The public want the facts. NSW deserves a full solution that encompasses all aspects of the supply chain and makes recommendations towards a total solution, not just window dressing.

The inquiry was announced in the SMH here ….  

The Pet Industry has naturally knocked back the inquiry, stating that a specialist review would be enough. Given that the majority of specialists either work for/are members of the Pet Industry, an inquiry under oath in a formal parliamentary setting is more appropriate. Then we can be sure of a transparent and formal process with the full accountability and recognition of all the agencies and organisations involved.

There is too much money and self interest involved in this problem to allow a secret review. .the estimated $60 million dollars that that charities, the NSW government and the taxpayer pays every year on this issue far outweighs the cost of an inquiry (which, by the way, is largely free . . .  committee’s are already formed and paid for . . that’s all they do)

Council workers, pounds, volunteers and the NSW tax payer need greater support on this problem, estimated to be costing as much as $60m a year. The inquiry will finally gather solid information that the NSW Government can use to make business decisions to fix NSW Animal Policies and heal the system.

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NSW pound workers deserve better support, Rangers deserve better support, Vets and Vet Nurses are tired of the sickness of mass bred animals. The volunteers and charities that are going broke trying to desparately solve this problem need you.

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DRP: tell us what you think!

How do you think an independent Inquiry will help? Who do you think will seek to avoid it?

6 thoughts on “Public parliamentary inquiry news…..

  1. portraitxpress February 8, 2009 / 6:58 pm

    An inquiry is important, the whole field of pet lives is so vital that it should not be allowed to be ignored…
    Anyway, I want to say, i love your blog.
    I am a vet and blog at bit too but most of my blogging is non-vet subject,,,..anyway , your blog is a useful voice and very informative.
    I’ve launched a forum in the last few days, its its got a public pet area and a private vet area…
    please come and check it out, post some comments, or review it on your blog!! I would really appreciate any support you could give to this

  2. paige February 10, 2009 / 1:02 pm

    i think animals shoud’t ever be put down because there’s not room for them if you don’t buy that blue poison then you can buy more cages and bigger ones

  3. deathrowpets February 11, 2009 / 2:14 pm

    Hi Paige,thank you for commenting- its not just the cost of the poison – it’s the cost of kenneling for 7 or 14 days for anything up to 50 or so dogs and many more cats, the cost of staff at the facility, the cost of vet fees for sick and injured animals, the contract fee costs for those council pounds that are not owned by the Council, the costs of maintainance and expanding pounds etc etc. All these costs are borne by .. you and I – the taxpayer pays this. We have to work with councils to make pounds better at rehoming, but this should not be a substitute for slowing down the numbers going into the pound in the first place. We’ll get some $$ numbers on all this and get back to you.

  4. Karen McMillan February 11, 2009 / 6:33 pm

    The inquiry is the best way to get public awareness, has anyone exposed this further to the press and requested follow up by them such as a vote for the inquiry on national tv?
    This may shift a few butts off their seats….
    I volunteer at an animal refuge which is involved with the local council and although the rates of rehoming are good, the problem is space, it’s always space…the poor animals that are bought in when the pens are all full dont even get a chance for adoption, they are put down before they can be assessed as there is no room for them.
    It’s harrowing…………………………

  5. Marie H February 14, 2009 / 10:58 pm

    First, thank you for your efforts (& Senator Cohen’s) in trying to get a public parliamentary inquiry.
    There’s solid research that the numbers of healthy dogs & cats being PTS are terrible.
    Karen’s comment (above) proivides an eye-witness account of just one shelter situation.

    Second, my suggestion would be to broaden the field of enquiry so that it is not targeting the Pet Industry specifically. Now that doesn’t mean I’m being an apologist for it!

    If the enquiry topic is broader, then the Pet Industry just becomes one stakeholder to be called on, for evidence. And is then no longer a ‘decider’ if the enquiry should be set up or not…..or what would be their preferred alternative.

    Also if the topic is broader, it would bring in a whole range of stakeholders….& their associations and groups. Many of these would add weight to your (& Senator Cohen’s) voice that a parliamentary inquiry is required.
    “Dying For Nothing: Thousands of healthy pets PTS in Pounds & Shelters”
    An inquiry would track how these pets were born, raised, sold & owned… ways that lead them to such places… dumped or unclaimed. And why their chances of rehoming, once there, are currently bleak.

    Research which shows which dogs have the least chance of going that route….points away from the usual commercial sources.
    Facing evidence like that… the Pet Industry would find it difficult to justify their sourcing, sale & homing of pets.

  6. deathrowpets February 16, 2009 / 3:14 pm

    Thanks Marie. The terms of reference of the Inquiry are very broad and encompass all steps in the supply chain right from breeding of the animals through to care or not by the eventual owner, and what happens through the pounds and rehoming or killing. And everyone who makes money on it along the way.This is what we refer to as the ‘pet industry’.

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