Statement from NSW Agriculture Minister Adam Marshall
“Anything that constitutes the mistreatment of animals is illegal in this state and we will not stand for illegal breeders who exploit animals for profit.
“NSW has the toughest set of penalties for animal cruelty offences anywhere in Australia. Legislation passed earlier this year saw an up to eight-fold increase in penalties, including fines for aggravated cruelty of up to $110,000 and 2 years’ imprisonment.
“Anyone with an animal under their care is subject to our animal cruelty laws and enforcement action by the RSPCA, Animal Welfare League and NSW Police irrespective of the size of the facility.
“Within the RSPCA, we have a dedicated Puppy Factory Taskforce, funded by the NSW Government and supported by NSW Police so I would encourage anyone with concerns about a breeder to report their concerns so it can be investigated.”
Pet Industry Association of Australia’s President Barry Codling
The Bill overview states that the object of the Bill is to amend the Companion Animals Act 1998 (the Act) to –
- to regulate the conduct of businesses breeding companion animals and other companion animal businesses, and
- provide enforcement powers for the purposes of regulating the conduct of companion animal businesses
It seems to us that the purpose of the bill has nothing to do with Puppy Farms, it simply seeks to regulate the conduct of companion animal businesses. If it was a Bill to address puppy farming we would be supporting it, however it doesn’t mention the definition of a puppy farm and how it’s going to eradicate them.