Victorian Legislation At A Glance

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In November 2017 the Victorian Government amendments to the Domestic Animals Act passed both houses of parliament.

The legislation is comprehensive and progressive and will have an impact on the way puppy factories operate. Many puppy farmers have sold and moved over the border due to this legislation passing in Victoria. What is needed now is national consistency so puppy farmers simply have no where to relocate. We're working on that, but in the meantime, here's a rundown of what the laws mean.

Pet Shops:

The legislation officially bans the sale of puppies and kittens in pet shops, closing off a major link in the supply chain. The ban on the sale of animals in pet shops comes into effect on 1 July 2018. From this date, petshops will only be able to work with rescue groups, pounds, shelters to assist in rehoming rescue pets. Read more here.

Cap On Dog Numbers:

The legislation limits the number of female dogs a puppy farmer may keep. Victoria is the first state to introduce this cap on dog numbers and it severely affects the financial viability of puppy factories, hence why many of them are relocating interstate. The cap on dog numbers commences April 2020. Read more here.

Pet Exchange Register:

The legislation also introduces a new pet exchange register to improve traceability and accountability. Puppy farmers hide behind the internet and are difficult to identify and locate. Any one who wants to sell a companion animal in Victoria must register their details on the pet exchange register and receive a source number, this number must be displayed in all online ads.

The public will be able to search the register and check details of the seller. And for the first time there is a pathway of recourse and accountability if the animal becomes unwell. Authorities will have further access to the register in order to locate and inspect puppy factories. And the register will provide data that will help shape future animal welfare legislation. The register comes into affect July 2019.  Read more here.

 You can read more on the entire piece of legislation here.

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