ENDING IRRESPONSIBLE DOG BREEDING A WA ELECTION PRIORITY FOR RSPCA WA
Ending irresponsible dog breeding is one of five key animal welfare issues on which the RSPCA plans to campaign in the lead up to the WA State Election in March 2017.
RSPCA WA President, Lynne Bradshaw, said the organisation aimed to get support on the issue from all political parties contesting the election, with WA Labor first to get on board.
Mrs Bradshaw said the WA Labor policy on stopping puppy farming and irresponsible dog breeding was in line with the measures RSPCA WA was advocating for and, if implemented, would significantly reduce the number of abandoned and neglected dogs and help put a stop to cruelty resulting from unscrupulous backyard dog breeders.
“Every single day, RSPCA WA deals with around 13 reports of cruelty and neglect involving dogs,” Mrs Bradshaw said. “Many of the rescued dogs need medical treatment and behavioural training to overcome the health effects of poor breeding practices.
“In some cases, the dogs have genetic faults leading to physical deformities and behavioural problems and they require support for some time before they can be re-homed.
“The very sad part about this is that they are mostly preventable with better control over dog breeding.”
Mrs Bradshaw said RSPCA WA supported the WA Labor plan for a centralised registration system enabling every dog to be identified at point of sale or adoption, the introduction of mandatory standards for dog breeding, de-sexing of all dogs with exemptions for registered breeders, and new regulations that would mean pet shops could sell dogs and puppies only from reputable animal shelters or rescue groups.
The RSPCA’s new Smart Puppy and Dog Buyer’s Guide, available at www.rspcapuppyguide.com.au contains important information for anyone thinking of getting a new family dog.
Mrs Bradshaw urged the public to think twice before purchasing a dog or puppy as a Christmas present without considering the long term commitment required of dog owners.
She said RSPCA WA had sent the five key animal welfare priorities for the WA State Election to both major political parties and planned to publicly reveal the remaining four key issues and the responses from each party early next year.
Irresponsible dog breeding is a significant animal welfare issue in WA that needs urgent attention
The RSPCA WA deals with around 13 cases of cruelty involving dogs every single day
The Smart Puppy and Dog Buyer’s Guide can be accessed online at www.rspcapuppyguide.com.au