Dogs NSW, the peak body for all purebred dogs in New South Wales, is raising serious concerns over the proposed anti-puppy farm legislation, saying it is threatening the future of ethical dog breeding and ownership.
The proposed Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Breeding Dogs and Cats) Standards 2017 (under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Regulation 2012) is meant to control puppy farms, defined by the RSPCA as ‘intensive dog breeding facilities that are operated under inadequate conditions that fail to meet the dogs’ behavioural, social and/or physiological needs’.
But the right to breed, show and love animals is in question, Dogs NSW spokesperson Brian Crump said, adding that the proposed regulations do not address cruelty to animals and fail to adequately address puppy farming.
“Dogs NSW rejects the proposed changes by the Department of Primary Industries (DPI) to the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (POCTA) as these regulations treat all dog and cat breeders as commercial entities, breeding for profit,” Crump said.
“Smaller, purebred hobby breeders will be unable to meet the exhaustive ‘commercial’ requirements proposed in the new standards. Consequently, the public will have nowhere else to buy a health-tested, purebred puppy. No-one else will be breeding except the big puppy farms.”
Dogs NSW members already abide by a comprehensive and enforceable Code of Ethics that sets far higher and more appropriate standards for the health and welfare of dogs than those outlined in the proposal, Crump said.
“If passed, the legislation would lead to the demise of scientifically-based health testing of breeding animals and impose such rigid strictures on Dogs NSW members that it will cause the end of breeding, showing and other dog sports by our members in this state.”
Dogs NSW urges members and all dog lovers to contact their local member of parliament and raise their concerns about the profound impact these standards would have on the future of purebred dogs in NSW.