Humane Laws to Abolish Puppy Mills in Australia
For certain other nations are ahead of the U.S. when it comes to humane laws. Western Australia with one legislative decision just put an end to their puppy mill pipeline, just like that.
The new law include several key elements:
- Pet shops that sell dogs must work with legitimate rescue organizations to create adoption centers instead to selling dogs. This offers more opportunities for homeless dogs to be adopted.
- Dogs must be spayed or neutered by the time they’re 2-years old unless their owners have applied for and received a breeding exemption. The goal is to prevent unplanned pregnancies.
- People who want to breed their dog must apply for approval, which will allow breeders to be traced.
- Information on dogs and cats will be kept in a centralized registration database.
While passage occurred fast, this wasn’t an overnight effort. Dubbed the Dog Amendment (Stop Puppy Farming) Bill 2020, the bill was first introduced six years ago by Lisa Baker, a member of the Western Australia parliament. Animal welfare proponents are optimistic that the new law is stringent enough to make a difference, and that it will be enforced.
Back in the U.S., over 400 cities and five states have passed laws to ban sales of dogs and cats at pet stores. While a lawsuit will challenge the law in Illinois, the deadline has now passed that would have overturned the law to ban store sales of dogs/cats at pet stores in Illinois with a law that would have reinstated pet store sales. Fact is, no responsible breeder from Australia, the U.S. or anywhere else sells to pet stores.
An odd new law also passed in Western Australia to support continuation of muzzling of rescued racing Greyhounds when the dogs are in public. The assertion is that racing Greyhounds are more likely to be attacked by other dogs and cannot defend themselves, or they attack other dogs. Also, the Greyhounds must (appropriately) be on a leash. Unsure of how being muzzled increases these dogs’ defenses.