Victorians are forced to pay more for power, pay more for a home and now they’ll pay more for a pet under Daniel Andrews’ failed animal welfare reforms, says Shadow Agriculture Minister Peter Walsh.
The Andrews Labor Government is making a dogs breakfast of its puppy farm reforms.
Instead of focusing on people who are operating illegally, Labor is targeting people who are breeding animals responsibly, ethically and legally.
There’s no scientific evidence to support Jaala Pulford’s decision to put responsible and lawful dog breeders out of business by limiting the number of fertile female dogs.
The RSPCA told the Inquiry into the Domestic Animals Amendment (Puppy Farms and Pet Shops) Bill 2016 there was “no evidence to show that the number of fertile female animals that you have has a significant bearing on the animal welfare” (p 32)
The Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) agreed, telling the Inquiry:
“Animal welfare is not dictated by the number of dogs a person has; it is more dictated by the attitude that the animal owner has or the people in charge of looking after those animals” (p 33)
It’s clear Labor’s desperate to get its reforms through no matter the cost, only sharing the full details of its House amendments with key stakeholders days before they were announced.
All Labor’s reforms will achieve is to make it harder and more expensive for people to get the family pet of their choice.
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