ACROSS the country, people want to see improvements in standards of breeding, selling and keeping of companion animals.
Priorities range from animal welfare to public safety and community harmony.
When it comes to the welfare of cats and dogs, those who breed, sell and keep companion animals have ultimate responsibility.
Recently, the New South Wales Government released two reports along with a series of recommendations on breeding and selling animals, breeder licensing and the welfare and management of animals.
The recommendations have been put forward by a taskforce specifi cally set up to achieve gains for communities and companion animals.
The recommendations have implications for cats and dogs, their owners, the pet industry and the broader community.
Successful initiatives from one state are likely to become models for other states to follow.
Right now, the New South Wales Government is seeking feedback on the recommendations. If you have an interest in the welfare of dogs and cats and getting the right balance between laws and education, you can respond through an online feedback form accessible at www. dlg. nsw. gov. au
The form includes a total of 38 recommendations and allows you to rate them in terms of priority.
Key issues include the licensing of breeders and improved breeding practises, the management of cats and dogs generally and dangerous dogs specifi cally and community education for socially responsible pet ownership.
Other recommendations made include public access to an online companion animals register, a new discounted registration category for desexed animals purchased from a pound or shelter ( to encourage the purchase of desexed cats and dogs) and a funding program to deliver targeted microchipping, registration and desexing programs.
Combined, these recommendations have real potential to reduce the number of unwanted and lost animals and improve life for pets and people.
Feedback must be submitted before May 10.