Stop Puppy Farming Implementation Working Group Communique to Member Organisations March 2018

 The Stop Puppy Farming Implementation Working Group met on Thursday, 8 March 2018.

Representatives from the following organisations attended the meeting:

  • Australian Federation for Livestock Working Dogs​
  • Australian Veterinary Association​
  • Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries
  • Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (Consumer Protection division)​​
  • Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (Animal Welfare Regulation division)​
  • Dogs West
  • Local Government Professionals Australia WA
  • Oscar’s Law​​
  • Pet Industry Association of Australia
  • ​​​​​Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals​
  • WA Local Government Association
  • WA Rangers Association. ​

The representative from Dogs Refuge Home WA was an apology for the meeting.

Mandatory Dog Breeding Standards

Representatives from the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) presented to the Implementation Working Group on the development and progression of the mandatory dog breeding standards.

DPIRD provided an overview of:

  • their role in animal welfare regulation in WA,
  • the progression of amendments to the Animal Welfare Act 2002 (AWA) and why they were needed (they will allow for the adoption of standards and guidelines under the AWA);
  • the priority to draft standards on dog breeding;
  • the consultation process they will undertake to consult on the detailed standards;
  • the inclusion of a section on mandatory dog breeding standards in the stop puppy farming consultation paper.

DPIRD advised that draft standards would be completed sometime in April 2018 and that they would undertake consultation with key stakeholders to ensure the standards were consistent with industry practice, before consulting with the broader community.

Update on the stop puppy farming consultation paper

A revised draft consultation paper has been developed to ensure it is accessible to the broader WA community. The revised draft paper provides general information on the stop puppy farming provisions. The paper is being peer reviewed by Dr Jennifer Hood, Veterinary Director at Animals International.

Members of the Implementation Working Group provided feedback on the revised draft at the meeting. The Implementation Working Group raised the issue of enforcement, stressing the need to consider how and by whom the provisions would be administered and enforced. The Implementation Working Group also touched on the consideration of exemptions to mandatory dog sterilisation and dog breeder registration. These matters will be considered in detail during targeted consultation with key stakeholders, including member organisations of the Implementation Working Group.

The Department is considering the feedback received by the Implementation Working Group and is making amendments to the consultation paper.

It is anticipated that the paper will be released in mid-late April 2018. A consultation period of 12 weeks will follow the release of the paper.

Consultation

The Department will consult with the community on the provisions identified in the consultation paper and seek feedback through written submissions and workshops.

The Department looks forward to undertaking targeted consultation during the consultation period with member organisations of the Implementation Working Group. The Department will liaise with member organisations on consultation opportunities with their organisation.

Targeted consultation will consider additional considerations to the matters raised in the consultation paper, including appropriate ways to implement the provisions.

Next Meeting

The next meeting of the Implementation Working Group will be held after the consultation period. The Implementation Working Group will meet to consider the feedback received during the consultation period.

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