Hon David Templeman Dip Tchg BEd MLA

Hon David Templeman Dip Tchg BEd MLA

Minister for Culture and the Arts; Sport and Recreation; International Education; Heritage

    Reforms to stop puppy farming underway

    13/11/2017 8:30 AM
    • Work is underway to stop puppy farming - a McGowan Government election commitment
    • State-wide strategy to end puppy farms and unregulated overbreeding of dogs
    • Key improvements include centralised dog registration system, new breeding standards, compulsory dog sterilisation of non-breeding dogs and pet shops becoming adoption centres 

    The McGowan Government's election commitment to stop puppy farming and reduce the number of unwanted dogs in Western Australia is progressing, with an implementation group meeting for the first time today.


    Speaking at the Dogs' Refuge Home in Shenton Park, Local Government Minister David Templeman announced that the implementation group would look at issues such as the development of a centralised dog registration system, compulsory dog sterilisation for non-breeding dogs, and pet shops being transitioned to adoption centres.


    Currently in WA, dog breeding is an unregulated industry and is able to operate without scrutiny.  The proposed changes will contribute to a reduction in the number of dogs needing rehoming, reduce the euthanasia rate of abandoned dogs and stop dogs suffering neglect due to puppy farms. 


    Dog breeders, pet shops, veterinarians, local governments and dog owners in the community will be invited to comment on the State Government's proposals to end puppy farming in WA when the working group's consultation paper is released to the public in 2018. 


    The implementation group is administered by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries and chaired by Maylands MLA Lisa Baker.  A full list of representatives is available on the Department's website.


    The Dogs' Refuge Home is a registered charity that relies on community support to fund its operations.  The refuge has a pro-life policy and does not euthanase any healthy, re-homable animal in its care.


    Comments attributed to Local Government Minister David Templeman:


    "The McGowan Government is working with animal welfare organisations to deliver a State-wide strategy to help stop puppy farming and the unregulated overbreeding of dogs.


    "Dogs are an important part of many Western Australian families and this meeting is the first step in the State Government's commitment to improving the health, wellbeing and protection of dogs in WA.


    "Community feedback will be essential to enable a well-informed decision on the impact of the changes across the broader community, industry and government sector and all are encouraged to have a say when the consultation paper is released."


    Comments attributed to Maylands MLA Lisa Baker:


    "I am delighted to be chairing the working group to implement this important policy.


    "Puppy farming is cruel and puts profits before the wellbeing of dogs, resulting in countless numbers of unwanted dogs and cases of animal cruelty."


    Minister's office - 6552 5400