That’s right folks – bureaucrats in Victoria’s Department of Primary Industries have come up with a new way to encourage the development of even bigger puppy factories. The euphemistically entitled “Code of Practice for the Operation of Breeding and Rearing Establishments” imposes massive regulatory staffing, reporting & compliance burdens on hobbyists, small breeders and farmers with working dogs alike. The ridiculously complex proposed regulations (being looked at by other States too) will add a massive cost to the rearing of puppies in Victoria, leaving many people in the above groups with no choice but to shut down. The demand for puppies will continue of course, so who benefits from this legislation? The answer is simple – existing puppy factories who have the resources to add extra staff and comply with the additional bureaucratic burdens that are proposed.
By driving small hobbyists, breeders and breed fanciers to the wall, competition & the supply of puppies decreases. So guess who will then step in, ramp up “production” and their prices with it – the puppy mills! Existing puppy factories will just get larger, adding new breeds and breeders to fill the demand. Additionally, an opportunity will open up for business people with the funds at hand to open new, even larger puppy factories than exist today. This poorly thought out proposal smacks of the desire for Governmental control without the slightest hint or thought of how it is going to actually affect animal welfare. It might look all warm and fuzzy on paper, with the cute puppy and kitten photo on the Victorian DPI site placed to emphasize how this is all about animal welfare – but make no mistake – this dog of a proposed legislation bites.
There is still several weeks left at time of writing to stop this madness. Click here to submit your comments and also contact your local MP with your concerns. For people outside Victoria, don’t think this will stop at the border. SA, WA, NSW & TAS are all looking at this legislation with the aim of imposing it on their long suffering farmers, dog breeders & fanciers. Make your voices heard to your State DPI and MPs, and share this post on Social Media. The way of life of dog breed fanciers & hobbyists alike is threatened all over Australia if this barking mad proposal goes through, so now is the chance to stop it.