The Nationals force inquiry into Labor’s pet laws
27 October 2016
Thursday 27 October 2016
Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan is encouraging local dog breeders and pet owners to have their say through an inquiry that will investigate proposed new pet breeding laws.
“The Nationals were successful in establishing an inquiry into the Domestic Animals Amendment (Puppy Farms and Pet Shops) Bill 2016 in Parliament this week,” Ms Ryan said.
“I have received many phone calls, letters and emails from concerned local breeders and people in the pedigree dog and cat breeding sector who are concerned by the Labor Government’s proposed laws.
“This inquiry will give people the chance to put their views forward after the Andrews Labor Government failed to consult the industry in developing its legislation.
Ms Ryan said thousands of people, including those who bred selectively for show or pedigree dogs would be forced to register with council as a domestic animal business.
“I support sensible improvements to animal welfare but what Labor is proposing goes far beyond what it committed to at the 2014 election.
“It will force anyone with a single breeding female who decides to sell the puppies to register as a domestic animal business, no matter how infrequently they breed a litter.
“Some of the people who have contacted me in recent days have bred one litter in 10 years to preserve bloodlines yet under this legislation even they would be forced to register as a domestic animal business.
“We are all strongly supportive of improving animal welfare for dogs and cats in Victoria and cracking down on the bad breeders who are still doing the wrong thing but it’s important we don’t throw out the baby with the bath water.
“The committee will give all Victorians an opportunity to have their say and to also put some facts on the table to ensure the proposed legislation does not create perverse animal welfare outcomes,” Ms Ryan said.
The parliamentary inquiry, to be conducted by the Legislative Council’s Economy and Infrastructure committee, is expected to host public hearings over the coming weeks.
Further information on the inquiry is available at www.parliament.vic.gov.au/eic/inquiries/inquiry/445