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 aBreeder’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!
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
On August 17th, we attended the RSPCA Close Puppy Farms round table meeting in Canberra, along with representatives from AVA, PIAA, ANKC, AWL Queensland, MBDTA , NSW Young Lawyers Animal Law Commitee and various RSPCA representatives. It certainly was “interesting” being in the same discussion as some of the “enemy”! Read more here..
We were told by one of our readers that a tradesman attended their house for some work recently.
It transpires that his brother owns Warriewood Pet Shop in Sydneys northern suburbs. He confided that the brother makes over $40,000 pa from sales of live animals….
DRP Comment and actions you can take:
There are many pet shops who have decided that they will not sell puppies and kittens from breeders ( some help rehome homeless animals from pounds or rescue groups – a practice we strongly support). We need to support these pet shops. Pet Shop Stars here..
There are many of us who will not spend a cent in pet shops that sell animals, go here to download feedback cards for pet stores you will not support. I wonder how much business pet shops selling animals ( not homeless animals) are losing because we go elsewhere?
Puppy Farm Awareness Day is designed to raise awareness of puppy farming in Australia. Many people are unaware that this cruel industry is alive and well in this country and each year hundreds are duped into paying, sometimes thousands of dollars for an unhealthy farmed pup. read more here