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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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New Australian doco is a dog lover’s delight

Do our dogs really love us? Are they our slaves or are we theirs?

These are just some of the questions raised by award-winning filmmaker Gillian Leahy in her newest documentary, BAXTER AND ME.  As searching and thought provoking as a dog’s soulful gaze, the film will easily strike a chord with anyone for whom a furry, four-legged animal is just one more member of the family; albeit a wet-nosed one.

Dogs have been associated with humans for millennia, having moved more 30,000 years ago out of the wild to our villages, then to the kennel and now into the family home and Gill’s idiosyncratic, honest and, indeed, “dogged” examination of her relationships – both canine and human – raises questions about how we relate to the “wild” in dogs as well as to the other (two-legged) animals that inhabit our world.

“My life has always been mediated and mitigated by dogs,” says Gill. “I wanted to see how much I could persuade audiences to empathise with and appreciate dogs without lecturing them or drowning them in facts.”

The idea for the documentary began when Gill woke up one morning and asked herself, “What am I doing living with this big brown beast?” Filmed in Sydney, the story follows Gill and Baxter’s relationship, their ordinary rituals and day-to-day life. It takes the audience to some familiar haunts – the dog park, the beach, the vet – as well as to some unexpected destinations as it follows Gill’s own personal story from her difficult childhood to her days as an activist and her early years in the film industry. Through it all, the audience is introduced to the many remarkable dogs that have been Gill’s companions and confidants along the way, including the one who currently occupies her waking life and her sleeping space: the charming and wilful Baxter – who is available to do media interviews along with his human.

BAXTER AND ME will be released in cinemas across Australia via Demand Film:  Any person or organization can sponsor a film listed on the site, create an event around it and then use their own social media network to sell tickets to their friends and online community., in turn, reserves the theatre, manages ticketing and ensures the delivery of the film. Once the ticket threshold is reached, the screening goes ahead and everyone just sits back and enjoys the show.

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