23 May 2012

What will the Greens de-fund to inspect the cat and dog breeders?

| johnboy
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The Greens’ Caroline Le Couteur is jumping up and down about the regulation of animal breeders:

“It’s disappointing that the Government has taken years to produce this generic draft code. All it does is require minimal information to be supplied about the animal to be sold, and that the seller records who buys the animal.”

It simply does not address the major issues of over-breeding and over-supply of animals. The lack of regulation has lead to hundreds of dogs and cats being euthanised every year in the ACT.

“A major concern is that there are no requirements for mandatory licensing for breeders and no requirements to get an ID number for animals and display it on advertising and point of sale. This would allow effective regulation of breeding and sales which the governments draft code does not.”

These are good points, but how much are we willing to spend on a compliance regime for this?

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If govco can find $2mil to tell community groups how to be more efficient, Im sure they can find some for animal welfare. Besides, it looks like this scheme is only targetting breeders. Breeders are required to pay an additional pet registration amount of $330, on top of the $44 registration cost.

Isnt this $330 government charge intended for programs such as this, or is the $330 simply thrown into Consolidated revenue, meaning that something else has to lose funding now in order for that animal welfare money to actually be used for animal welfare?

I think they should start by contacting sellers who have listed their pets for sale at the local shops.. Im sure many of them dont even have their dogs registered in the first place, so the fines from the first few owners could pay for the first 12 months of the scheme.

I’d like more regulation of who (or what) are breeding Greens.

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