- McGowan Government to introduce Dog Amendment (Stop Puppy Farming) Bill 2019 to ban puppy farming in WA
- Registered breeders will still be able to breed dogs
- Other dogs will need to be de-sexed by two years of age and a centralised registration system to identify dogs will be established
- Pet shops to provide opportunities to re-home puppies and dogs
- Community consultation overwhelmingly positive with almost 5,000 submissions received
- Another key McGowan Government election commitment being delivered
Premier Mark McGowan and Local Government Minister David Templeman were greeted by furry friends at the K9 Dog Rescue in Nambeelup today while announcing the introduction of legislation to end puppy farming in Western Australia.
A key McGowan Government election commitment, the Dog Amendment (Stop Puppy Farming) Bill 2019 will be introduced into Parliament to end puppy farming in WA.
Registered breeders can still breed whilst other dogs must be de-sexed by two years of age, unless exempt. This will give families piece of mind their puppy isn't from a puppy farm, prevent overbreeding and enable illegal breeders to be traced.
Under the new legislation, information on dogs and who bred them will be held in a centralised registration system, allowing records to be shared and dogs to be traced throughout their lives.
Rescue and shelter organisations in WA take in approximately 3,200 dogs each year. Under the new rules, pet shops will transition to dog and puppy adoption centres, helping re-home displaced and abandoned dogs. The Government will work with pet shops to assist with this transition.
Puppy farming is the breeding of dogs in poor, inadequate conditions and can result in dogs with long-term health and behavioural issues.
Community consultation on the proposed provisions has been overwhelmingly positive, with almost 5,000 submissions received which helped inform the draft legislation.
Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:
"Dogs are an important part of many families in Western Australia. We want to make sure they are looked after and treated well throughout their lives.
"That's why we are introducing legislation to stop puppy farming in Western Australia.
"The new laws will mean dogs can be traced throughout their lives through a central registration system, allowing authorities to identify dodgy or illegal breeders and shut down their operations.
"We will also be providing assistance to pet shops to help them transition to dog and puppy adoption centres meaning they can re-home displaced and abandoned dogs.
"I want to thank rescue groups, like K9 rescue for the work they do, and look forward to this legislation helping keep our dogs and puppies safe and healthy."
Comments attributed to Local Government Minister David Templeman:
"In Western Australia, approximately one third of households have a pet dog.
"Dogs offer us companionship; and they help us in many different ways. Ensuring our dogs are healthy and happy is the least we can do to thank them for their devotion and service.
"The new provisions to the Act aim to enhance animal welfare, stop the overbreeding of dogs and help identify who is breeding dogs so they can be monitored.
"Dog rescues will be able to apply for accreditation to provide dogs and puppies to appropriate pet shops to re-home.
"Dogs are important to many Western Australian families and the State Government is committed to promoting responsible dog ownership."
Comments attributed to Maylands MLA and Puppy Farming Working Group chair Lisa Baker:
"About 35 per cent of Western Australians include dogs as part of their families. This legislation will make our dogs and puppies safer, reduce the opportunity for illegal puppy farming and encourage better welfare for all dogs.
"It supports good breeding practices and responsible pet ownership. Western Australians will be able to trust that the dogs and puppies they are bringing into their homes have not come from illegal puppy farms, and, if necessary, can be traced back to the person who bred them."
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