Agriculture | October 27, 2016
The Nationals force inquiry into pet laws
The Nationals Member for Lowan, Emma Kealy MP 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-Liberal Coalition was successful in establishing an inquiry into the Domestic Animals Amendment (Puppy Farms and Pet Shops) Bill 2016 in Parliament this week,” Ms Kealy said.
“I have received a number of letters and emails from concerned local breeders and people in the pedigree dog and cat breeding sector who are concerned at the Labor Government’s proposed laws.
“A newly formed committee will give people the chance to have their say after the Andrews Labor Government failed to consult the industry in developing its legislation.
“Changes to crack down on unethical puppy farms are supported. However, the Labor Government’s bill went far beyond what it committed to at the 2014 election and will force anyone with a single breeding female who decides to sell the puppies to register as a Domestic Animal Business.
“We need to improve animal welfare for dogs and cats in Victoria and crack down on unethical breeders who are still doing the wrong thing.
“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,” she 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