McGowan’s government is prioritizing plans to end puppy breeding in Western Australia through the reintroduction of the puppy breeding law in the state parliament.
The proposed laws, a major 2017 election commitment by the McGowan administration, received overwhelming support from the community and animal welfare sectors but were unsupported by the liberal and national parties.
Legislation to Stop Puppy Farming, which includes reforms to demouth greyhounds, includes amendments to the Dog Act 1976 that minimize the number of dogs that are neglected and require relocation by regulating the breeding and sale of dogs in WA .
The proposed new laws include:
- compulsory sterilization of the dog up to the age of two years;
- the conversion of pet shops into adoption centers;
- a centralized registration system to store information on dogs, cats and approved breeders to aid in surveillance and enforcement; and
- demouthing pet greyhounds.
In addition, when purchasing a dog, consumers must obtain information from a dog owner, breeder, or approved pet store in Western Australia that can help them determine whether the dog has been ethically bred and raised.
The bill also includes an exemption for farm animal working dogs that must be sterilized up to the age of two.
The bill will be debated in parliament before the provisions come into force.
A public awareness campaign will inform the community of when the regulations will come into force.
For more information on the proposed laws, please visit https://www.dlgsc.wa.gov.au/stoppuppyfarming
As Local Government Secretary John Carey said:
“As a dog owner, I am passionate about enforcing these laws to ensure we protect dog welfare and give people more confidence that they are from a reputable breeder.”
“This legislation has overwhelming support from the community, which is not surprising given that a third of WA households have a dog as a family member.
“The government wanted this law to be passed in the previous term, but this was another important law that was not supported by the Liberal Party and the National Party.
“Our government is committed to complying with these important laws to prevent cruelty and to give people confidence that their pups are from legitimate and traceable sources.
“The legislation will also include reforms to demouth greyhounds, which will be great news for many dog owners.
“Given that a third of WA households have pet dogs, this reform is a breeze and I strongly encourage the opposition to support the law to protect the health and welfare of dogs in Western Australia.”
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