Comments on the members of the NSW Companion Animal Taskforce 2012

The following text is taken from the Deathrowpets submission to the NSW CA Taskforce public discussion document, June 2012. It sets out our perspectives on the stacking of the Taskforce membership with members predominantly having strong commercial vested interests in the pet industry. The document contains many links to various documents created by these organisations that should be on the public record. This submission will be made available to the public by the NSW Taskforce.

Appendix to Deathrowpets submission to NSW Companion Animal Taskforce public discussion document 2012

As part of our submission, we wish to comment on membership of the Taskforce. Membership of the Taskforce has a significant context to the findings and recommendations set out in the discussion paper.

(Underlined references below are hyperlinks to documents)

Australian Companion Animal Council (ACAC),

An industry body with strong commercial vested interests in maintaining high numbers of animals in the market; specifically established to counter the growing voice of public opinion and advocacy which seeks to stop the killing of animals in pounds and shelters; specifically established to protect the commercial interests of pet industry members; no experience whatsoever in developing strategies to increase Rehoming rates and reduce killing rates in pounds and shelters. READ MORE HERE

Breeder Permits to help reduce euthanasia – news from the Gold Coast

Press Release, Animal Welfare League Queensland, May 14, 2010

THE Animal Welfare League of Qld supports the introduction of Breeder Permits on the Gold Coast as an important step to reducing the numbers of abandoned cats and dogs which are killed because there are too many for the numbers of responsible homes available.

The AWL Qld is a leading welfare organisation with the lowest euthanasia rates for a whole city in Australia. However, it is still always full with abandoned cats and dogs from the Gold Coast and surrounding cities and shires.

Last year 1400 abandoned cats and dogs from Gold Coast residents were euthanased despite ongoing publicity regarding the importance of desexing, (including low cost services through the AWL Qld Community Vet Clinic), and extensive community awareness and education programs.

AWL Qld strategic development officer Joy Verrinder has welcomed the scheme and is confident it will reduce the number of unnecessary deaths. read more here

Who is pulling the strings here?

This week the team at ‘fix nsw animal policy’
(www.fixnswanimalpolicy.com) received a formal notification from three welfare groups requesting that they remove their name and link from the ‘fix nsw animal policy’ website.

The page these organisations were cited on was the rescue page directing people to rescue groups for animals.

RSPCA NSW, AWL NSW and NAR (NSW Animal Rescue) simultaneously sent their request with almost identical text.

The questions need to be asked:

  1. Why don’t they want their names on a website trying hard to create positive change in  NSW animal welfare?
  2. Who has influenced them to issue this directive, or how did it come about? Coincidence?
  3. What reasons are there for disassociating themselves from a group trying hard to stop the flow of animals into pounds and shelters?

These questions demand an answer.

If you want to ask these questions yourself:

*NAR is a member of PIAA and its patron is Steve Austin (President of PIAA).

DRP comment: Very strange. So, who is pulling the strings here?Tell us what you think might be behind this? Coincidence?