On August 17th, we attended the RSPCA Close Puppy Farms round table meeting in Canberra, along with representatives from AVA, PIAA, ANKC, AWL Queensland, MBDTA , NSW Young Lawyers Animal Law Commitee and various RSPCA representatives. It certainly was “interesting” being in the same discussion as some of the “enemy”!
You can download our “position paper” which also shows the groups we represented on the day – 38 rescue groups, action groups and even 2 pet shops.
Also you can download the RSPCA document that was the outcome of the day.
There will be “next steps”, but the RSPCA Vic have made this comment in the meanwhile:
“The puppy factory campaign is still gaining strong attention which is wonderful and I have attached an image of our billboard on the Monash Fwy which is certainly being noticed by the 100’s of thousands of cars using this road every day and of course we have more activity planned in the lead up to our election. We are also excited about some of the really positive initiatives we are implementing to address some of the key cat welfare concerns within the community, so lots of good things happening.
“The puppy factory campaign is still gaining strong attention which is wonderful and I have attached an image of our billboard on the Monash Fwy which is certainly being noticed by the 100’s of thousands of cars using this road every day and of course we have more activity planned in the lead up to our election.
As you know Victoria is leading the puppy factory campaign nationally on behalf of all states but I am not 100% across all the activity planned for each of the other states. The national office might be able to provide an overview of activity for each state or another suggestion would be to contact each CEO
The Victorian Liberal party announced some commitment to changing legislation on the weekend of the rally although the changes are a step in the right direction, more is needed. In the lead up to the Victorian election we will continue our advocacy efforts to achieve legislative change and ensure the political parties are aware of the communities’ interest in banning puppy factories. We are also meeting with key national office staff as a follow up to the round table discussions so we can continue to gain momentum.
In mid October we will be having some major outdoor billboards to highlight this issue including on the Monash freeway which is one of the busiest in Melbourne.
We are also challenging pet shops to be transparent with their customers, as you know many of them are claiming that they do not source from puppy factories but currently they don’t provide details to their customers on their suppliers.”
This is an excellent start to the Campaign. We can tell you that there were groups at the round table who were very anxious to ensure that the definition of a puppy farm EXCLUDES large commercial breeding operations that are run on “acceptable” welfare lines. This is because there are groups who want to have large-operation mass-production, “commercial” breeding establishments allowed.
We have objected on the grounds that even a so called “well run” breeding establishment will be responsible for pumping even more animals into a supply chain that is struggling to rehome thousands of animals.
Actions you can take:
If you are a member of the RSPCA in your State, write to the CEO and ask specifically what publicity they are making regarding the campaign. In our view there is no point having a campaign if the public aren’t seeing anything. It’s no good just being on the RSPCA web sites.