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New Dog and Cat Management Act Hailed a Winner

21 April 2015
Australian Veterinary Association

AUSTRALIA - The Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) has welcomed the South Australian Governments proposed amendments to the Dog and Management Act 1995 (the Act), which is set to see the introduction of compulsory microchipping of cats and dogs.

President of the AVA SA Division, Dr Andrew Carter said that the Act was well overdue for a review.

“The Act is 20 years old and it’s been a decade since there’s been any significant review. We appreciate the Government and the Dog and Cat Management Board consulting with the AVA throughout the development of this proposal,” Dr Carter said.

The AVA said it was also heartened to see a number of its recommendations to the Parliamentary Select Committee into Dogs and Cats as Companion Animals reflected in these proposed changes, in particular:

  • The microchipping of all dogs and cats
  • The registration of breeders.

“Universal identification, through microchips, is an essential foundation for effective urban animal management,” said Dr Carter.

“Among other things, it means that lost animals can be reunited with owners and it allows authorities to also trace animals and link them to breeders.”

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