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Vets Welcome Animal Breeding Practice Recommendations

07 September 2015
Australian Veterinary Association

AUSTRALIA - The Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) has welcomed recommendations made in a report by the Joint Select Committee on Companion Animal Breeding Practices in New South Wales.

AVA spokesperson, Dr Steven Ferguson, said at a public hearing this year, that the AVA share’s the community’s concern about inhumane practices in dog breeding businesses.

“Breeding dogs suffer unnecessarily when not properly cared for, and their puppies have much lower chance of having a happy and healthy life as a family pet. They’re likely to have both health and behavioural problems that are costly to fix, or lead to the dog being surrendered or euthanased. It’s both an animal welfare and consumer protection issue,” Dr Ferguson said.

“Pets are good for people and good for communities. If pets are well looked after during breeding and people have access to those pets, it’s a good thing.

“NSW currently has a very good Code of Practice. The AVA considers that the code is the best of those currently in operation in all states and territories. The problem lies however, with detecting, enforcing and prosecuting those who don’t follow the Code.”

The AVA provided a submission to the inquiry and is pleased that all of its recommendations have been included in the committee’s report released last week, in particularly, the AVA supports the following:

  • The introduction of a breeders’ licensing scheme for all commercial dog and cat breeding in NSW and the requirement that when advertising the sale of dogs and cats, via any medium, that the breeder identification and animal microchip numbers be displayed
  • A system of periodic audits and spot inspection of breeding establishments, and increased funding to assist with this enforcement
  • That pet shop sales not be banned because a ban would lead to less scrutiny of animal sales without improving welfare
  • A review into the need for training of breeders and pet store staff
  • A need for a common database and better coordination between the enforcement agencies, including local government, in NSW to remove inefficiencies, duplication and achieve better animal welfare outcomes.

“An important part of breeder licensing would be mandatory site inspections every year. We see this as an essential element of protecting the welfare of breeding dogs as well as their puppies,” he said.

“We look forward to the NSW Government implementing the inquiry’s recommendations as soon as possible.”


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