We recieved the following from the RSPCA National Office this morning, 31 March 2011.
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“The puppy farm campaign continues and is clearly having an impact on governments and policy makers with a number of positive steps taking place since we last contacted you.
Below is a summary of these initiatives.
Australian National Kennel Council (ANKC)
The ANKC has moved to make microchipping compulsory for all registered pedigree dogs across Australia. Microchipping must now be done before registration of a puppy. This will be enforced in all states and territories from 1st January 2012. This is a great step forward to enable positive identification of pedigree dogs and to help drive regulatory change towards compulsory microchipping for all puppies by their breeders. This is a critical step for reliable breeder traceability and accountability.
RSPCA Victoria has advised that: The new Victorian government has committed to implementing their promises made during the election. A consultation document has been developed by the Bureau of Animal Welfare which has been sent to key stakeholders and we are in the process of formulating our detailed response. This document will form the basis of the Department of Primary Industries’ advice to the government. We have also been advised by the Minister that the official review of the Domestic Animals Act – Code of Practice for the operation of Breeding and Rearing Establishments will happen in mid-year and that the RSPCA will be a member of the reference group. We are also in the early stages of equipping our Inspectors with the knowledge needed to enforce this Code.
The WA Government is considering the introduction of compulsory microchipping and they are planning to review the WA Dog Act this year.
The RSPCA has written to the WA Minister recommending the principles outlined in the Way Forward document. In particular, we have emphasized the need for compulsory microchipping by the breeder prior to sale or transfer and the introduction of a breeder identification system.
The SA Government is currently considering introducing compulsory microchipping. RSPCA have written to the Minister, the South Australian Cat and Dog Management Board and the Animal Welfare Unit, Department Environment and Natural Resources highlighting the need for microchipping to be undertaken by the breeder to enable breeder traceability and the other principles outlined in the Way Forward document.
The SA Code of Practice for the Care and Management of Animals in the Pet Trade is currently in the final draft stages of review.
Australian Capital Territory
The ACT government is reviewing the ACT Code of Practice for the Sale of Animals in the ACT.
The ACT Greens have tabled a Bill regarding proposed regulations for the breeding and sale of companion animals.
Compulsory microchipping will be introduced in Tasmania from 1 July 2011. The requirement is that all dogs over six months of age will have to be microchipped. While this is a positive in the right direction, we hope future amendments will ensure pups are legally required to be microchipped by the breeder with the breeder’s details recorded on the microchip register.
The QLD government has announced the introduction of a Breeder ID number system. The Breeder ID number will be legally required to be displayed in any advertisement and provided at any sale or transfer of a puppy in QLD. This will also involve compulsory microchippping of breeding bitches; a requirement that the registration number/microchip number of the breeding bitch must be included as part of the microchip information on all animals bred from that dog and the development of Dog Breeder Standards by Biosecurity Queensland (DEEDI) in consultation with stakeholders. Breeders will continue to be subject to the Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Act 2008 and the Animal Care and Protection Act 2001 (ACPA) as well as any new requirements under the proposed Dog Breeder Standards under ACPA.
We are hopeful the new NSW government will act on some of the initiatives proposed and we encourage groups and individuals to write to the new Premier.
While these positive steps are encouraging, much more action is needed to end puppy farming in Australia. We would greatly appreciate your organisation’s advocacy to all State and Territory Governments in relation to the principles in the Way Forward document. In particular, calling for compulsory microchipping by the breeder prior to sale or transfer and a breeder ID system for those states yet to introduce these critical requirements.
We hope that these initiatives will encourage you and your organisations to continue campaigning to bring an end to puppy farming in Australia.”
Actions you can take:
Download the Way Forward Document: End_Puppy_ Farming-the Way Forward _Final_
Download the template for letters to Ministers: RSPCA Letter to Ministers Template
And the national picture for dog breeding: National picture – regulation of breeding and sale of dogs
Download a list of Government contacts: StateAndFederalGovdogsalecontacts
…..and send off your letter! remember to customise it with some of your own comments!
When you send a letter, please copy to Dr Bidda Jones, RSPCA Chief Scientist, firstname.lastname@example.org
Finally, tell us what your think of this initiative and its progress – we wnat to hear from you!