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Legislation, enforcement and public awareness are the best tools to put puppy farms out of business permanentlyLegislation, enforcement and public awareness are the best tools to put puppy farms out of business permanently, discovers Frank Leggett. When one of Australia’s most notorious puppy farms, located at Pyramid Hill, Victoria, was closed down in early 2015, the case brought the horror of puppy farms to the public’s attention. The dogs were crowded into small wire cages and living in their own waste. They received inadequate food, no medical attention, no grooming and no exercise. The females were kept in a constant cycle of pregnancy and the dogs’ behavioural, social and psychological needs were completely neglected. In Kerang Magistrate’s Court, the owners pleaded guilty to over 200 animal cruelty offences. While we can celebrate the closing of the Pyramid Hill puppy farm, the sad truth is that right across Australia, there are still plenty of disreputable breeders. Fortunately, there are a number of initiatives currently underway to end puppy farms nationally. About five years ago, the RSPCA initiated a discussion forum from which they developed a strategy to end this trade. “One of the key elements was establishing traceability,” says Dr Jed Goodfellow, senior policy officer of RSPCA Australia. “The most crucial element is an introduction of mandatory licensing or a registration scheme for dog breeders. At present, only Victoria has a compulsory breeder registration for all breeders with over three fertile dogs or cats.” According to the RSPCA, Victoria’s legislation is the most developed in Australia. It includes compulsory microchipping, disclosure of breeder ID or microchip number, compulsory registration, compulsory breeder standards and a cap on the number of litters a breeding dog can have in... read more
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