The State Government has continued its fight against puppy farming in WA, calling for public consultation on its proposals to stop the practice.
Local Government Minister David Templeman said the Government’s consultation paper would be available for feedback, asking the community, industry and local government protect dogs from suffering and neglect on puppy farms.
“Stopping puppy farming was a McGowan Government election commitment – it is a cruel practice and it needs to stop,” Mr Templeman said.
A range of options will be presented and addressed in the paper including mandatory dog de-sexing and breeding standards, centralised registration system to track dogs and transitioning pet shops into adoption centres.
The changes are designed to help create a more regulated breeding industry and reduce the number of dogs experiencing neglect and rehoming.
“As an unregulated industry in Western Australia, puppy farming is able to operate without scrutiny, resulting in many unwanted dogs at animal shelters,” Mr Templeman said.
“Dogs are an important part of families and the community, so feedback is essential to enable a well-informed decision on the impact of the changes across the State, industry and government sector.”
The WA government has allocated $250,000 in the 2018-19 State Budget to implement the ban.
The proposed changes will be available for comment until August 3.
“This is an exciting opportunity for all Western Australians to work together to contribute to the future health, welfare and protection of dogs,” Mr Templeman said.
Maylands MLA Lisa Baker said “the time has come to end this inhumane practice.”
“Western Australians have been crying out for action on this matter for years,” Ms Baker said.
“I strongly urge anyone who loves dogs and cares about their welfare to comment on our proposals.”
“All feedback will be considered as part of the McGowan Government’s actions on this issue.”