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Queenslander’s Strongly Support Tougher Regulations on Puppy Farms

23 September 2015

AUSTRALIA - Around 95 per cent of the 8,300 people who provided feedback on puppy farms in Queensland strongly support compulsory registration for dog breeders in the state.

The Queensland Government’s public consultation on puppy farming in Queensland closed on 6 September 2015.

Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries Bill Byrne said the community had spoken and the vast majority agree that new regulations are needed to safeguard puppies and breeding dogs in Queensland.

“After an initial review of the surveys a few key themes are emerging that will guide our strategy to end this cruel practice of over breeding,” Minister Byrne said.

“In addition to the government’s proposed registration scheme for puppy farms, this includes support for breeder identification numbers to be inserted on dog’s microchips and to be displayed where dogs are sold.

Minister Byrne said the purpose of the consultation was to ensure a wide range of perspectives inform the final recommendations on any new regulations.

“Key industry groups are being consulted and we will continue to involve them to ensure we develop the best regulatory scheme for protecting dogs in Queensland,” he said.

“As with any industry, there are those people that do the right thing and those that don’t.

“The regulations we will develop will focus on the approximate 100 large scale puppy farms where profit is put above the welfare of puppies and breeding dogs.”

The Queensland Government will now formulate realistic options for consideration as a result of the feedback and look at any amendments to legislation that may be required to implement those changes.

“The Palaszczuk Government has committed to implementing changes to puppy farms by early 2016.”

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