- More than 4,700 submissions received on the McGowan Government's proposals to reduce puppy farming in WA
- Western Australians support proposed reforms including mandatory dog de-sexing and transitioning pet shops to adoption centres
- State Government urges people to do their research before buying puppies this Christmas
Extensive community consultation has revealed that 77 per cent of Western Australians are supportive of the State Government's proposal to introduce mandatory dog de-sexing for non-breeding dogs, to reduce the impact of puppy farms in WA.
Local Government Minister David Templeman today released the results following a three-month consultation period in which 4,754 submissions were received on the proposed laws to address puppy farming.
Puppy farming is defined as an intensive dog breeding facility that is operated under inadequate conditions that fail to meet the dogs' behavioural, social and/or physiological needs.
Proposed laws to address puppy farming in WA include 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 consultation revealed that Western Australians strongly support all the provisions - 77 per cent were supportive of mandatory dog de-sexing for non-breeding dogs, 61 per cent were supportive of transitioning pet shops to adoption centres and 83 per cent were supportive of a centralised registration system.
Mandatory dog de-sexing aims to reduce the number of unwanted and unplanned dogs. This Christmas, Western Australians are being urged to understand where puppies originate before supporting puppy farmers, particularly online.
Potential purchasers should visit the breeder to ensure they see the breeding conditions and the parents, wherever possible.
Comments attributed to Local Government Minister David Templeman:
"We know that State Government policies and decisions have greater legitimacy when they involve the community, and the results of this consultation speaks volumes.
"Western Australians love their dogs and the State Government is demonstrating its commitment to improving the health, wellbeing and protection of dogs in WA.
"These reforms will contribute to a more regulated breeding industry, and a reduction in the number of dogs needing rehoming and suffering neglect.
"As we approach Christmas, community members can do their bit by buying puppies from registered breeders or adopting from local shelters.
"By doing so, they can ensure that their new family member comes from a healthy and happy background with a lower chance of future medical and behavioural issues that can be caused by over-breeding."
Comments attributed to chairperson of the Implementation Working Group and Maylands MLA Lisa Baker:
"I am delighted to see that the McGowan Government's proposed reforms have broad community support.
"In fact, of the people who didn't support our measures, most of them actually wanted stronger protections in place for our dogs rather than less."
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