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.
Click here to understand what’s going on….
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
It always pays to read the “small-print”. Doesn’t it?
Many ethical dog breeders believe that membership of the ANKC, and the individual State kennel clubs such as Dogs NSW or Vic gives them a sense of respectability when it comes to standards. Breeders have written to us saying that no Kennel Club member can sell their pups through pet shops, in other words “registered breeders” (registered by the ANKC ) are CLEARLY not contributing to the over-supply problem….. Our “Strict National Code of Ethics” etc
So how many ethical “registered breeders” know that the ANKC recently and very quietly snuck the following into their strict “Code of Ethics”: read more here