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Question Without Notice No. 602 asked in the Legislative Council on 16 August 2018 by Hon Colin Tincknell

Parliament: 40 Session: 1
Answered on 16 August 2018

PUPPY FARMING — WORKING DOGS

602. Hon COLIN TINCKNELL to the Leader of the House representing the Minister for Local Government:

(1) Does the minister believe that farmers in Western Australia should have exemptions and/or special provisions for working dogs under the proposed puppy farming legislation, similar to the Victorian legislation?

(2) How many prosecutions have there been in WA in the last five years against dog breeders who have committed acts of cruelty that the proposed legislation will seek to reduce?

(3) How many of these instances were able to avoid prosecution due to the inadequacies of current legislation?

Hon SUE ELLERY replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question. I am going to see whether in respect of the second part of the member's question I can get some more information for him, but I will give him what I have to date.

(1) Submissions closed on 3 August 2018, following a three-month consultation period. This matter is currently under consideration.

(2)–(3) Cruelty against animals is an offence under the Animal Welfare Act 2002. The Minister for Agriculture and Food is responsible for that legislation, so between us we will have a conversation and I will see whether we can get the member the information about the prosecutions.