The RSPCA national office have issued a discussion paper “Puppy Farms”. We quote:
There are various animal welfare issues associated with the breeding of dogs in Australia
including puppy farming, pedigree purebred health and welfare, and inbreeding. This discussion paper concentrates on puppy farming only, defining the term and the various animal welfare problems associated with these operations. This paper also addresses possible solutions to the problem and seeks further comment on options to prevent the operation of puppy farms in Australia. This paper focuses on intensive puppy farming facilities, both registered and unregistered with local government. It acknowledges that there are responsible dog breeders in Australia.”
Actions you can take: We urge you to download the discussion paper here, and reply with your comments to RSPCA national CEO Heather Neil by Wed 31st March, to the address given in the document.
DRP Comment. This is a significantly important initiative by the RSPCA. At last it seems that they are taking action. We support this 100% and look forward to some positive actions developing. We will watch closely. The document proposes licensing of Breeders – no doubt irresponsible breeder groups will oppose this.