The Greens have announced laws to give the RSPCA what they want on regulation of the pet industry.
Michael Linke, CEO of the ACT RSPCA said: “I am really pleased that The Greens are taking animal welfare seriously. This legislation addresses a number of our concerns and supports our philosophy regarding the sale and licensing of companion animals.”
“My legislation aims to end the dumping and killing of so many companion animals, and the cruel mass breeding practices that support parts of the pet industry,” Ms Le Couteur concluded.
Some of the key proposals in the legislation tabled today are:
— Introducing mandatory licences for cat and dog breeders to ensure they meet proper standards of animal welfare
— Mandating point of sale desexing
— Banning the sale of cats and dogs from stores and markets (with limited exceptions for animals being sold on behalf of animal welfare organisations and shelters)
— Introducing a new system of traceability via microchips, so that all cats and dogs can be traced to their original breeders
— Amending the ACT’s animal cruelty offences, including by increasing the available maximum fines, and introducing a new requirement for vets to report suspected cases of animal cruelty
The exposure draft is available.
(And a happy birthday to Michael Linke while we’re about it.)