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Pet Stores Part of Solution to Ending Puppy Farms

02 June 2015

AUSTRALIA - The Pet Industry Association of Australia has welcomed a Parliamentary inquiry into companion animal breeding practices in New South Wales, including the implications of banning the sale of dogs and cats in pet stores to end puppy farms.

Bob Croucher, acting chief executive of the Association, says pet stores are part of the solution to this cruel animal trade - not the problem.

NSW Minister for Primary Industries Niall Blair’s announcement early this week highlights the need to find a solution that doesn’t jeopardise the pet industry and punish those breeders who are doing the right thing.

“Recent campaigns by animal activists implies that all pet shops are dealing with puppy farms and we know this is not the case,” says Mr Croucher.

“The Association’s pet shop members are responsible and truly embrace good welfare practices, including where they source their puppies from.”

The Association has had its Dogs Lifetime Re-homing and Traceability Policy operating in NSW and Queensland for more than three years. The Policy requires members to obtain a report from a veterinarian who has inspected the premises of the breeder, ensuring the breeder operates in an ethical manner.

“The Association does not support the banning of puppies and kittens in pet shops as it is the one regulated source of supply. The unregulated Internet sales of animals is the hot spot for puppy farms,” he says.

Pet shop owners are required by law to record the names and addresses of suppliers and customers of puppies and kittens, ensuring the credibility of the breeder, as they can be inspected at any time, says Mr Croucher.

The Association has also upgraded its National Code of Practice to become a recognised document by all Government departments and animal welfare agencies, and has formed a Retail Working Group to work through various issues relating to puppy farms.

“We support a Breeder Licensing System for all breeders, including those with one intact animal, and believe the advertising of all animals must include the breeders’ licence and/or microchip number,” he says.

“We congratulate the Minister on his foresight in getting the facts about the industry before making decisions that may be later regretted.”

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