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About Oscar's Law

It's time to end the shameful and cruel treatment of our companion animals, who are suffering on puppy factories and need our help.

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Oscar’s Law is a not-for-profit volunteer organisation, dedicated to abolishing puppy factories in Australia. Our mission is threefold: to abolish the factory farming of companion animals in Australia, to ban the sale of animals from pet shops and online trading sites, and promote adoption through rescue groups, pounds and shelters.

Puppy factories are intensive breeding facilities for companion animals, which put profit ahead of welfare. Puppy factory dogs are frequently denied adequate food, water and shelter, and their veterinary care and social needs are completely disregarded. Breeding dogs are permanently confined their entire lives and forced to breed back to back litters. Most suffer painful, untreated health conditions. 

Puppy factory dogs are never patted, never walked, never shown any love. They're never allowed to love and nurture their puppies, which are taken from them at a few weeks old. When their exhausted bodies are no longer able to breed these pitiful creatures are killed and replaced.

These cruel facilities supply pet shops with puppies, where they are sold to the public as being from "reputable breeders”. They're also traditionally sold through online ads.  Puppy factory puppies often have serious illnesses or defects from bad breeding practices, with many of them becoming sick and dying before being sold.


Puppy factories are the worst betrayal of our best friends. There are hundreds of puppy factories in existence right now in Australia.

Oscar's Law encourages all Australians to take a stand and tell the Government that we do not want companion animals factory farmed anymore and we do not want the pet industry to mislead us about what is acceptable for our animals.

Visit our About and FAQ pages to learn about companion animal factory farming and go to Act Now to find out how you can take action to abolish puppy factories. 


Who is Oscar?

Oscar was one of a number of dogs who were rescued from a puppy factory in central Victoria where they had been neglected to the point they required urgent veterinary care. The list of ailments the dogs suffered was extensive, including:

Severe matting; the dogs had to be sedated in order to shave their painful matted fur away from their skin; ear infections; gum disease; and rotten teeth.

Once their matted fur was shaved it was evident that painful grass seed abscesses covered their bodies. The dogs were so severely malnourished their irritated skin was like paper and they were grossly underweight.

Days later and recovering from surgery, Oscar was returned by authorities to the very people who failed to provide veterinary care and neglected all their dogs including Oscar. They have never been charged with cruelty.

On July 9th 2011, 18 months after being returned to the puppy factory Oscar was saved once again. His recovery has been gradual given the psychological and physical trauma he has endured for 5 years of his life.

Oscar is safe but there are still thousands of 'Oscars' hidden away on factory farms treated as breeding machines to supply the pet industry and they need you to be their voice.