Premier opens discussion on puppy farm regulation
TODAY, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Bill Byrne announced the opening of the consultation on puppy farms and the future regulation of dog breeding in Queensland.
Visiting the Ekka today, Ms Palaszczuk said it was everyone's responsibility to ensure dog welfare remains a priority, and called on Queenslanders to put forward their thoughts and ideas.
"When I was in Opposition, I made a commitment that a Palaszczuk Labor Government would shut down cruel puppy farms, and I'm determined to deliver on that," Ms Palaszczuk said.
"A puppy farm is a dog breeder who places profits above the welfare of their animals by housing or keeping dogs in conditions that fail to meet the dog's behavioural, social, psychological and physical needs.
"Animal welfare groups and the community has voiced concerns about the increasing number of puppy farms in Queensland, and the welfare of dogs if they are not managed appropriately.
"We want to hear from Queenslanders about how these puppy farms impact on local communities and what we can all do to get rid of them once and for all."
Mr Byrne said as with any industry, there are those people that do the right thing and those that don't.
"We need to ensure we have appropriate standards and laws in place to protect puppies and safeguard the welfare of dogs kept and used for breeding," he said.
"We want to therefore hear from the public on their views on puppy farms and suggested options for regulating breeding dogs.
"The feedback we receive will help shape how puppy farms and dog breeding in Queensland are regulated" Mr Byrne said.
The consultation will run until close of business 6 September 2015.
To have your say on safeguarding breeding dogs in Queensland, visit www.qld.gov.au/protectingpuppies or call Biosecurity Queensland on 13 25 23.