Dogs NSW have contacted their members to object to an Option proposed in the NSW animal welfare Taskforce 2012, an Option they themselves recommended, being an integral member of that Taskforce.
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To be specific, they support Breeder Licencing for non Dogs NSW members, and want an EXEMPTION for themselves ( cynical us believe this would drive more membership applications, but that’s another matter).
They want “self-regulation”.: From their paper to members:
“Dogs NSW Breeders already have in place a well regulated system which provides for;
• Education and Training prior to the granting of a Breeder’s Prefix
• Proof of Residential Address verifying actual location of approved breeding premises
• Compulsory Microchipping prior to registration
• Availability of the Limited Register to restrict breeding of surplus animals
• A Code of Ethics which sets the highest standards in breeding practises and commits all Registered Breeders
to compliance with all relevant legislation
• A regulated investigation and inquiry program to deal with breaches of our Code
• A traceable Membership Number which can be used in puppy advertisements
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. “
We think this is as good a time as any to reveal cracks in their “well regulated system” and breaches of their Code, and breaches of their “regulated investigation program” on breaches of their code, which we are told that they often ignore.
Action you can take:
If you have information, direct experience, or evidence, please post your story in the comments section below. We will never reveal your name or email details – all is confidential. Please, only FACTS and information, no exaggerations! We don’t want a legal letter from Dogs NSW ……..
And if they ARE squeaky clean, then that’s OK too!
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:
Representatives of the Division and DPI also participate on the Taskforce.”
· 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: READ MORE HERE
10 strategies for change at your local Council pound – an action list you can use.
If you are a volunteer worker or rescue volunteer at a Council Pound and are concerned about circumstances there, here are some practical things you can do. read more here..
“I’m a volunteer and committee member for an organisation call K9 Dog Rescue near Mandurah Western Australia. We’re fully volunteer operated and donation funded. We are currently licensed to hold 40 dogs, but we hover around the 28-30 on average. Last year we found homes for over 700 pound dogs, and we collect from the local pounds on Mondays and Wednesdays, usually taking in 10-12 dogs a week (excluding puppies).
After Christmas, this year our office was swamped with calls from people wanting to surrender Christmas dogs. We’re talking 2 weeks afterwards. Some of the other people came and just dumped dogs on our doorstep.
One story I can tell you: There was a young idiot there one day waiting with a puppy, it was the last of a litter of 11 (obviously the runt), that he hadn’t been able to sell over Christmas obviously. He wanted us to take it. The office staff asked him if he was going to get his dog steralised now…………. “NO! I want another litter” was his reply.
Honestly, this is what we are dealing with.”
DRP Comment: this true story just highlights the attitude of irresponsible back yard breeders
If you faced this individual, what would you say to him?