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What we believe

The Pet Industry Association is the only industry association in Australia created to represent all businesses in the pet industry. Formed in 1979 as the PIJAC, we have evolved into a peak organisation which aims to create an environment of best practice principles and ongoing learning for improved technology and systems in the pet industry. The Pet Industry Association is run by members for its members and offers a voice for all who join by liaising with governments, animal welfare agencies, as well as pet and animal groups nationally and internationally. We are represented on government steering committees, consultation and advisory groups on pet ownership and industry issues around Australia.

To promote, support and represent a sustainable pet industry because we recognise that pets and their welfare are essential for a healthy society.

This ensures our members thrive and our Association continues to represent the majority of the industry.

The PIAA National Code of Practice and Code of Ethics are quality standards for the operation of businesses in the pet industry supply chain. The Code sets standards that exceed current regulatory requirements. Compliance with the code is a mandatory requirement for membership of the PIAA. An Ethics and Complaints Committee adjudicates any complaints against activity deemed in contravention of the code.
PIAA is a member of the Australian Companion Animal Council and is represented on and works with Aquatic committees nationally, including OFMJG and the NSW Ornamental Fish Reference Group, Animal Welfare Advisory Committees in QLD, NSW, NT and the ACT, the Domestic Animal Management Implementation Committee in Victoria and the Dog & Cat Management Board in South Australia. We’ve also worked closely with the governments in QLD, NSW and SA on pet shop codes of practice. PIAA also holds a seat on the NSW Government’s Companion Animals Taskforce.

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Huge win for the PIAA in the aquatics sector

A little over two weeks ago the Federal Government banned the import of frozen crustaceans (mysids, krill and Artemia) that are used as pet fish food or were part of a pet fish food. This was via a Notice of Decision to Suspend the Importation of Uncooked Prawns under the Biosecurity Act 2015. This Notice was in response to the current White Spot Syndrome Virus (WSSV) outbreak in prawns in Queensland. While the exact pathway responsible for this outbreak is still to be formally determined, the most likely source of this outbreak has been the use of uncooked prawns by recreational fishermen as bait.

The foods involved that are imported into Australia require gamma irradiation at 50 kGy before being released for sale. Many of our members were likely to be impacted. Not just the importers but also retailers who sell substantial amounts of these foods to their customers. Dr Josiah Pit (PIAA Director for Suppliers and Manufacturers) and I prepared a document indicating that the science (we had several papers available) supported the fact that WSSV could not survive the irradiation and therefore these foods posed no risk. Because PIAA had been to the table at Canberra on many occasions regarding aquarium fish and the aquatics industry, we have the contacts and so are capable of going directly to the decision makers.

In less than two weeks the decision was reversed this last Monday and these foods are no longer effected and can continue to be imported. This is the value of being a member of PIAA and supporting your industry association.

Dr Robert Jones

President of PIAA, Director of Aquatics and Services

Cat intelligence: cats may be as intelligent as dogs says Japanese scientists in recent study

Studies over the last few years have shown that cat intelligence can match dogs in various cognitive tests, including responding to human gestural cues and discriminate between human emotional expressions.

Saho Takagi, a psychologist at Kyoto University, recently conducted a scientific experiment involving 49 domestic cats.  The results show that felines can recall memories of pleasant experiences, such as eating a favourite snack.  Dogs show this type of recollection – a unique memory of a specific event known as episodic memory.  This study says cat intelligence is as good as dogs at certain memory tests.

Humans often consciously try to reconstruct past events that have taken place in their lives, such as what they ate for breakfast, their first day in a new job or a family wedding.  These memories are linked with an individual take on events, so they are unique to that person.

“Episodic memory is viewed as being related to an introspective function of the mind; our study may imply a type of consciousness in cats,” Takagi told BBC News.

“An interesting speculation is that they may enjoy actively recalling memories of their experience like humans.”

The Japanese team tested cat intelligence – using 49 domestic cats that were tested on their ability to remember which bowl they had already eaten out of and which remained untouched, after a 15-minute interval.

They found the cats could recall “what” and “where” information about the food bowls, suggesting they had episodic memory. The researchers suggest cats may remember for much longer periods than the short time tested.

As reported in BBC News, Saho Takagi said the research may have practical applications.

“Understanding cats more deeply helps to establish better cat-human relationships,” she said.

“Cats may be as intelligent as dogs, as opposed to the common view of people that dogs are much smarter.”

Prof Laurie Santos, of Yale University, said the experiment nicely shows that cats are remembering information about where they searched before and also which locations used to have food.

“It opens the door to new studies examining how long cats’ memories can be and whether they also remember richer episodes in their own life as humans do,” she added.

Experiments have shown dogs also appear to have memories linked to specific times and places.

The same team of Japanese scientists previously found that in similar tests, dogs had memories of food bowls from which they had eaten.

The research is published in the journal, Behavioural Processes.

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Upcoming events

  1. The PIAA presents the 2017 Sydney Royal Easter Show Grooming Competition

    Tuesday 18 April - Wednesday 19 April
  2. The PIAA & Oster proudly present AusGroom 2017

    Sunday 11 June - Sunday 18 June
  3. Dogs ACT International Grooming Competition

    Saturday 8 July - Sunday 9 July
  4. The PIAA & Royal Canin present AusBoard 2017

    Sunday 20 August @ 6:00 pm - Wednesday 23 August @ 5:00 pm

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