End to the ‘ puppy farm­ers’

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NEWS - LINDA SILMALIS

FAMILIES look­ing to buy a dog or cat will have greater ac­cess to in­for­ma­tion about their prospec­tive pet un­der new “anti-puppy farm” laws.

To be in­tro­duced into state par­lia­ment this week, the new laws will re­quire sell­ers to in­clude an iden­tity number to al­low po­ten­tial buy­ers to look up the an­i­mal on a pet reg­is­ter to be launched later this year.

The pet reg­is­ter, to be over­seen by the Of­fice of Lo­cal Govern­ment, will in­clude de­tails such as the mi­crochip number, breed, age, reg­is­tra­tion and if it has been de­sexed.

Lo­cal Govern­ment Min­is­ter Gabrielle Up­ton said the Com­pan­ion An­i­mals and Other Leg­is­la­tion Amend­ment Bill 2018, which formed part of the An­i­mal Wel­fare Ac­tion Plan, w was the first step in clean­ing up the lo­cal pet trade.

The pet reg­is­ter would have a dual func­tion for an­i­mal wel­fare en­force­ment agen­cies, w which would en­able a crack­down on breed­ers do­ing the w wrong thing, she said. Penal­ties for fail­ing to ad­ver­tise or fal­si­fy­ing an iden­tity number w will ap­ply, with ex­emp­tions given to work­ing dogs.

The plan can be found on the NSW Depart­ment of Pri­mary In­dus­tries web­site.

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