The Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries has launched a consultation paper outlining a range of proposals to prevent puppy farms in WA.

The paper outlines the Government’s proposed measures to stop puppy farming in WA by introducing:

  • mandatory de-sexing of dogs unless an exemption is requested for breeding purposes or for reasons stated by a registered veterinarian;
  • a centralised registration system to ensure every dog and puppy can be identified at the point of sale or adoption, including in advertisements for sale;
  • mandatory standards for dog breeding, housing, husbandry, transport and sale; and
  • the transition of pet shops into adoption centres that will only sell puppies and dogs from approved rescue organisations and animal shelters.

The paper has been drafted with the input of the Stop Puppy Framing Implementation Working Group, which consists of expert representatives of key stakeholder organisations.

As a member of the working group, the Pet Industry Association of Australia has shared insights into how the provisions will affect pet shop businesses in WA.

 How to have your say 

Community feedback is essential to enable a well-informed decision on the impact of the changes across the broader community, industry and government sector.

Members of the public are invited to have their say on the measures by:

Feedback on the measures must be submitted to the Department by Friday, 3 August 2018.

For more information, please contact puppyfarming@dlgsc.wa.gov.au

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