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?