WHEN 66 animals were removed form a Gingin property earlier this year the RSPCA WA said the property appeared to be a large-scale breeding operation for designer pets.
On January 21 Yanchep News Online reported that RSPCA WA was part of a working group consulting with the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries – chaired by Maylands MLA Lisa Baker – to develop a framework for dog breeding legislation.
Now the McGowan Government says it is another step closer to stopping puppy farming in Western Australia, with public consultation on a range of proposals now open.
Local Government Minister David Templeman the community, industry and local governments could protect dogs from suffering and neglect on puppy farms by providing feedback on the state government’s consultation paper.
A range of options are addressed in the paper including the introduction of mandatory dog de-sexing and breeding standards, a centralised registration system to track dogs, and transitioning pet shops into adoption centres.
The proposed changes, which are open for public comment until August 3 will contribute to a more regulated breeding industry and a reduction in the number of dogs needing rehoming and suffering neglect.
Mr Templeman said the government had allocated $250,000 in the May Budget to implement the ban and assist with the consultation process.
He said puppy farming was a cruel practice and it needed to stop.
“As an unregulated industry in Western Australia, puppy farming is able to operate without scrutiny, resulting in many unwanted dogs at animal shelters,’’ he said.
“Dogs are an important part of families and the community, so feedback is essential to enable a well-informed decision on the impact of the changes across the state, industry and government sector.
“This is an exciting opportunity for all Western Australians to work together to contribute to the future health, welfare and protection of dogs.”
Ms Baker urged anyone who loved dogs and cared about their welfare to comment on the government’s proposals.
To attend a workshop or have a say, visit http://www.dlgsc.wa.gov.au/stoppuppyfarming