Dogs NSW are a member of the NSW Companion Animal Taskforce which recently made it’s final recommendations to the Ministers Page and Hodgkinson. Having made its recommendations, Dogs NSW has immediately set about calling its members to OPPOSE the very same recommendations that it made. This is the call to action letter that Dogs NSW president TOM COUCHMAN has sent out to members. READ MORE HERE
A comparison of dog kill statistics in Council Pounds between NSW and the UK overall
The purpose of this document is to create a comparison of statistics between NSW and the UK , as information for the NSW Companion Animal Taskforce public submission 2012
- 3.3 times more dogs enter NSW Council pounds per head of population than enter UK Council pounds
- Nearly 16 times more dogs per head of population, are killed by NSW Councils, than by UK Councils
- The kill rate in Council pounds as a percent of dogs coming in, is 4.6 times higher in NSW than in the UK
The sources of statistics used for this analysis are taken from the following publications (click to open):
- ACAC; Contribution of the Pet Care Industry to the Australian Economy 7th Ed 2010
- NSW Companion Animal Taskforce; Discussion Paper, May 2011
- Dogs Trust UK; Stray Dog Survey 2011
- Dog News UK; Domestic Dog Population Is Larger Than Originally Thought, 2011
- Wikipedia, for human population statistics
Household cat/dog populations
- UK: 10.3 million cats and 10.5 million dogs (2006)
Dogs 31% of households; Cats 26% of households (2007)
- Australia: 3.41 million dogs and 2.35 million cats (2009)
Dogs 36% of households; Cats 23% of households
Human populations comparing NSW and total UK:
- NSW population 7,238,819
- UK population 62,218,761
- Aus population 22,238, 800
Based on the figures above:
Cats and dogs per head of population
UK 2.99 people per cat/dog
Australia 3.7 people per cat/dog
Now, lets look at some comparisons between NSW and UK stats
Dogs handled by Councils
Dogs handled by UK Councils (10-11) 126, 176 = 493 people per dog ( dogs handled by council relative to population)
Dogs handled by NSW Councils (10-11) 48,523 = 149 people per dog ( dogs handled by council relative to population)
Ie nearly 3 times more dogs enter NSW Pounds per head of population than the UK
Dogs killed by Councils
Dogs pts UK Councils 7121 = 8,737 people per dog killed
Dogs pts NSW Councils 13,707 (Taskforce Paper) = 528 people per dog killed
Ie 16.5 times more dogs per head of population, are killed by NSW Councils, than by UK Councils
Council kill rates (dogs killed as a percent of dogs entering Pounds)
UK Council kill rate = 7121 / 126, 176 = 6%
NSW Council kill rate = 13,707 / 48,523 = 28%
Ie the kill rate in Council pounds as a percent of dogs coming in is 4.6 times higher in NSW than in the UK
We have a serious problem in NSW, when compared to the UK. We urge the NSW government to take immediate action on recommendations made by the NSW Companion Animal Taskforce when they are published.
Note: some people might argue that a comparison between a single Australian State and the total UK is an unfair comparison. Certainly, there are Regions of the UK where statistics are worse than the national average. However, we feel that this analysis represents a picture demonstrating that NSW must take seriously efforts to reduce dogs entering pounds and significantly increasing dogs leaving pounds safely. Whilst similar figures are less readily available for cats in the uk, let’s not forget our feline friends in NSW.
Note: Deathrowpets have taken statistics from other organisation publications quoted and cannot warrant accuracy of those figures
The NSW Code of Practice for Pet Shops was introduced in August 2008 to much fanfare by the NSW DPI.
We are all asking: so what are the results of the COP? How has it benefitted aninimals in pet shops? to find out, read more here…
Text from Fix NSW Animal Policy:
Last week a call for a Public Parliamentary Inquiry into the Pet Industry was put forward by Senator Ian Cohen after a massive public outcry in the SMH, the nation’s top newspaper.
The public want the facts. NSW deserves a full solution that encompasses all aspects of the supply chain and makes recommendations towards a total solution, not just window dressing.
The inquiry was announced in the SMH here ….
The Pet Industry has naturally knocked back the inquiry, stating that a specialist review would be enough. Given that the majority of specialists either work for/are members of the Pet Industry, an inquiry under oath in a formal parliamentary setting is more appropriate. Then we can be sure of a transparent and formal process with the full accountability and recognition of all the agencies and organisations involved.
There is too much money and self interest involved in this problem to allow a secret review. .the estimated $60 million dollars that that charities, the NSW government and the taxpayer pays every year on this issue far outweighs the cost of an inquiry (which, by the way, is largely free . . . committee’s are already formed and paid for . . that’s all they do)
Council workers, pounds, volunteers and the NSW tax payer need greater support on this problem, estimated to be costing as much as $60m a year. The inquiry will finally gather solid information that the NSW Government can use to make business decisions to fix NSW Animal Policies and heal the system.
NSW pound workers deserve better support, Rangers deserve better support, Vets and Vet Nurses are tired of the sickness of mass bred animals. The volunteers and charities that are going broke trying to desparately solve this problem need you.
CatRescue NSW Limited
DRP: tell us what you think!
How do you think an independent Inquiry will help? Who do you think will seek to avoid it?
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:
- Why don’t they want their names on a website trying hard to create positive change in NSW animal welfare?
- Who has influenced them to issue this directive, or how did it come about? Coincidence?
- 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:
- Steve Coleman, CEO RSPCA NSW : email@example.com
- Maryann Dalton, CEO AWL NSW : firstname.lastname@example.org
- Lynette Johannessen, Director NAR : email@example.com
*NAR is a member of PIAA and its patron is Steve Austin (President of PIAA).