The Nationals force inquiry into pet laws

Nationals Member for Ovens Valley Tim McCurdy is encouraging local dog breeders to have their say in an inquiry that will investigate proposed new pet breeding laws.

Mr McCurdy said the Liberal-Nationals Coalition was successful in establishing an inquiry into the Domestic Animals Amendment (Puppy Farms and Pet Shops) Bill 2016, in Parliament this week.

“I have been contacted by concerned local breeders and people in the pedigree dog and cat breeding sector who are concerned at the Labor Government’s proposed laws,” Mr McCurdy said.

“A newly formed committee will give people the chance to have their say after the Andrews Labor Government failed to consult the industry in developing its legislation.”

Mr McCurdy said moves to crack down on unethical puppy farms were supported, however the Government’s bill went far beyond what it committed to at the 2014 election and will now force anyone with a single breeding female who decides to sell the puppies to register as a Domestic Animal Business.

“We are all strongly supportive of improving animal welfare for dogs and cats in Victoria and cracking down on the bad breeders who are still doing the wrong thing but it’s important we don’t put legitimate and dedicated people out of business,” Mr McCurdy said.

“The Committee will give all Victorians an opportunity to have their say and to also put some facts on the table to ensure the legislation does not create perverse animal welfare outcomes.”

This inquiry will be conducted by the Legislative Council’s Economy and Infrastructure Committee. For further information on the inquiry visit www.parliament.vic.gov.au/eic/inquiries/inquiry/445

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