The key mandate of the Pet Industry Association of Australia (PIAA) is animal welfare, and accordingly it welcomes a review on breeding standards, especially for dogs.
But as stated in a media release issued earlier this week, PIAA has grave concerns about proposed amendments to Victoria’s Domestic Animals Act recently introduced by the Victorian Minister for Agriculture, Jaala Pulford, in support of the following:
- Limiting the maximum number of female breeding dogs in domestic facilities to 10, and
- Banning the sale of puppies in pet stores unless sourced from an animal shelter
The view of PIAA is that this proposal is not based on facts and that it will not in the long run improve animal welfare.
“To date, enforcement of relevant codes has not taken place and this is largely responsible for the problems the industry is now experiencing,” said the press release.
PIAA is concerned there will be a number of adverse consequences should the amendments be accepted.
The statement concludes: “PIAA is pushing for an upper house committee enquiry so that the unintended consequences of this misguided proposal can be examined and acted upon in an ethical and evidence-based manner.”