A new system that aims to crackdown on illegal Queensland puppy farms will start on Friday this week (26 May 2017).
Queensland’s Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries Bill Byrne said new laws will come into force that require breeders to have a Supply Number if they want to give away, supply, sell or even just advertise dogs born on or after this Friday.
“We are urging people to only buy dogs with a valid Supply Number whether they are searching for a dog at a pet shop, from a professional kennel, or through an advertisement,” the Minister said.
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“The supply number can then be used to find information about the breeder using the new online Queensland Dog Breeder Register.”
Previously there had been no way to identify breeders so now, the Minister said “we will have a tool that we can build over time to address this gap and give people and family buying pets more information about the pet’s background so they know they are buying from a reputable breeder.”
The new laws will apply to regular and occasional breeders (including backyard litters) – with specific exceptions for some working dogs.
Breeders who want to register for a Supply Number can log their details on the new Queensland Dog Breeder Register within 28 days of their puppies being born. This requirement will begin after the new legislation commences on Friday 26 May.
RSPCA CEO, Mark Townend said he welcomed the initiative saying there is no doubt it’s a major step in the right direction, though he believed it wouldn’t be the panacea to completely eradicate unethical and cruel puppy farms.
For more information about the Queensland Dog Breeder Register or animal welfare in Queensland, visit www.biosecurity.qld.gov.au.