Greens MP and Animal Welfare spokesperson, Dr Mehreen Faruqi MLC, has responded to news that the NSW Government will withdraw its proposed puppy farm reforms and start from scratch.
Dr. Faruqi said:
“It’s pretty clear that the NSW Government has caved in to the dog breeding industry that doesn’t want regulations to be strengthened despite the overwhelming public outcry over bad conditions and lack of oversight.
“They only provided copies of the draft code to big industry groups like Dogs NSW and Greyhound Racing NSW. This should have been a proper public process from the beginning, and I am calling on the Minister to commit to it now.
“The Greens view was that the proposed changes were a step forward but didn’t include the much needed breeder licencing scheme or a ban on animal sales in pet shops if we are serious about stopping puppy farming in NSW.
“The community overwhelming wants the Government to take action to shut down puppy farms. Maybe if they opened to process to everyone, and not just the vested interests, we would have much stronger proposals.
“If there were unintended consequences of the proposed code, these can be addressed but not at the expense of animal welfare. If you are going to be in the business of breeding cats and dogs or any animal, then there should be basic animal welfare measures you must meet.
“It was quite surprising to see the industry object to simple ideas like having limits on the number of times an animal can be bred, providing space for dogs to exercise and mandating that animals must be checked more than once a day,” she concluded.
Media contact: Matt Hilton for Dr Faruqi at (02) 9230 2194 or 0474 437 111