- Another step towards McGowan Government election commitment to stop puppy farming
- $250,000 allocated to public consultation process
- Last year, RSPCA WA alone took more than 700 dogs into their care
The McGowan Government is another step closer to stopping puppy farming in Western Australia, with public consultation on a range of proposals now open.
Local Government Minister David Templeman today called on the community, industry and local governments to protect dogs from suffering and neglect on puppy farms, by providing feedback on the Government's consultation paper.
A range of options are addressed in the paper including the introduction of mandatory dog de-sexing and breeding standards, a centralised registration system to track dogs, and transitioning pet shops into adoption centres.
The proposed changes, which are open for public comment until August 3, 2018, will contribute to a more regulated breeding industry, and a reduction in the number of dogs needing rehoming and suffering neglect.
The McGowan Government has allocated $250,000 in the 2018-19 State Budget to implement the ban and assist with the consultation process.
A working group supported by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, and chaired by Maylands MLA Lisa Baker is leading the implementation of these options.
To attend a workshop or have a say, visit http://www.dlgsc.wa.gov.au/stoppuppyfarming
Comments attributed to Local Government Minister David Templeman:
"Stopping puppy farming was a McGowan Government election commitment - it is a cruel practice and it needs to stop.
"As an unregulated industry in Western Australia, puppy farming is able to operate without scrutiny, resulting in many unwanted dogs at animal shelters.
"Dogs are an important part of families and the community, so feedback is essential to enable a well-informed decision on the impact of the changes across the State, industry and government sector.
"This is an exciting opportunity for all Western Australians to work together to contribute to the future health, welfare and protection of dogs."
Comments attributed to Maylands MLA and Puppy Farming Working Group chairperson Lisa Baker:
"Western Australians have been crying out for action on this matter for years and the time has come to end this inhumane practice.
"I strongly urge anyone who loves dogs and cares about their welfare to comment on our proposals.
"All feedback will be considered as part of the McGowan Government's actions on this issue."
Minister's office - 6552 5400