The Pet Industry Association of Australia expressed its dismay earlier this month in the proposed changes and lack of consultation from the Victorian Minister for Agriculture, Jaala Pulford, in regards to the redrafting of the ‘Puppy Farm and Pet Shops Bill’.
The government’s latest releases and interviews approves the Applicable Organisation status for Dogs Victoria while continuing to target open, transparent, legal breeders by imposing an arbitrary limit of 10 breeding dogs.
CEO of PIAA Mark Fraser said this was a huge disappointment.
“The Pet Industry Association of Australia has incredibly high standards for our breeding members, with stringent audits annually. Despite our attempts of contact and being the peak industry body for pets in Australia, we have not been consulted to date in the redrafting of the Bill.”
Fraser went on to say that it was clearly shown in the Parliamentary Inquiry that there is no animal welfare evidence for a 10-dog limit, and that imposing this potentially makes the problem of puppy farming worse, not better.
“Imposing a limit completely opposes the recommendation of the Parliamentary Inquiry to abandon the 10-fertile female limit,” he said.
“PIAA’s members already have stringent annual veterinary checks in place ensuring that members are following PIAA’s stringent standards and guidelines.”
Fraser concluded that he would welcome the opportunity to participate in consultations for the final redrafting of the Bill, with PIAA able to help shape and audit exemptions provided to non-purebred dogs.