Dogs NSW is an integral member of the NSW Animal Welfare Taskforce.“The Taskforce is chaired by the Member for Charlestown, Mr Andrew Cornwell MP, and consists of representatives of the following organisations, invited by the Ministers to participate:
- · Animal Welfare League NSW (AWL NSW),
- · Australian Companion Animal Council (ACAC),
- · Australian Institute of Local Government Rangers (AILGR),
- · Australian Veterinary Association (AVA),
- · Cat Protection Society of NSW (CPS),
- · Local Government and Shires Associations of NSW (LGSA),
- · Dogs NSW,
- · Pet Industry Association Australia (PIAA), and
- · Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals NSW (RSPCA).
The Taskforce public discussion paper was released earlier this month.. It contained several recommendations in the form of “Options”.
“Option 1 Introduce a breeder licensing system
There are effective regulatory mechanisms in NSW to prosecute unethical breeders, including “puppy farmers”. However, enforcement relies on complaints from the community.
Some animal welfare agencies and industry bodies have indicated their support for the introduction of breeder licensing as a means to further strengthen the regulation of companion animal breeding practices and there is a move towards such licensing in other jurisdictions.
A breeder licensing system could be developed to improve consistency in the regulation of cat and dog breeders by providing a “welfare tick of approval” with the aim of ensuring that breeders are ethical sellers. Licence requirements could be based on the enforceable standards of the Animal Welfare Code of Practice – Breeding Dogs and Cats. However, this system could be complemented by updating the existing guidelines contained within the Code of Practice to enforceable standards (see Option 2).”
All good so far ……..so imagine our surprise ( actually, that’s a fib, we weren’t surprised at all) when we received the following information:
Around the 24th May, Dogs NSW circulated the following message to members, along with a discussion paper. This was the message:“Please find attached important information from Dogs NSW President, Mr Tom Couchman, on behalf of the Board of Directors, in relation to the NSW Companion Animals Taskforce Discussion Paper.
It is very important that Dogs NSW Breeders and Members register an objection to Option 1 contained within this Discussion Paper.
This information will also be uploaded to our website and Facebook page and you are asked to cross post this email to ensure that as many Members as possible are fully aware of the existence of the NSW Companion Animals Taskforce Discussion Paper and are afforded an opportunity to submit their comments.
Thank you. Regards Christine Davis
DOGS NSW CEO”
Further, the following text was set out in the Dogs NSW Discussion paper:
…..“The Taskforce proposal has the potential to add a further tier of registration on Dogs NSW Breeders which would undoubtedly bring with it unnecessary and unjustifiable further regulation and costs. Dogs
NSW Members need to be one voice in opposing it.
T L Couchman
President Dogs NSW “
The Dogs NSW full discussion paper is available click here…
Dogs NSW attempt to influence its members to oppose the Option for Breeder licencing contained in the Taskforce recommendation – a recommendation Dogs NSW itself proposed as a member of the Taskforce – is unethical and immoral.
We are not surprised. Dogs NSW have constantly sought to subvert any attempts to create change in the circumstance which results in many thousands of dogs in NSW killed in council and private pounds and shelters. They have never come up with any constructive strategies to stop the problem. They will do anything to avoid any strategy that impacts on their ability to continue breeding their animals.
Breeders as a collective are responsible for animals coming into the world. It doesn’t matter whether they are ethical breeders, backyard breeders, puppy farmers, mums and dads having just one litter…all are collectively responsible for excessive numbers animals entering the pet market. If Dogs NSW want to protect their member’s interests, why don’t they take steps to slow down or stop breeding from all the other breeder sources??? Ans: because they are just not interested…..
Actions you can take:
Write to NSW Minister for Local Government and North Coast, Hon. Don Page at:
Express your feelings on the actions of Dogs NSW in this matter.
Express your concerns that the majority of members of the Taskforce have vested interests in ensuring that their business interests are not impacted by any changes to animal welfare practices.
Do it today.
Dogs NSW claim in their paper that they are already well regulated ( ie “we are not the problem…it’s someone else…”). If you have any information of instances where their “regulations”are not enforced or clearl y failed, please post them in the comments section below