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Parliamentary Questions

Question Without Notice No. 190 asked in the Legislative Council on 12 March 2020 by Hon Colin Tincknell

Minister responding: Hon D.A. Templeman
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on 12 March 2020


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

I refer to the Dog Amendment (Stop Puppy Farming) Bill 2020.

(1) What evidence or method of justification did the government use when making its decision to limit the number of bitches a breeder may have to five, and why was that settled on as an appropriate number?

(2) The submissions tabled to the government's working group contained extensive expert veterinary evidence against a mandatory blanket sterilisation policy. Evidence has suggested that for larger, later maturing breeds, sterilisation before 24 months of age can cause long-term physical and psychological harm to the animal. Why then has the government chosen to ignore this expert advice and impose a blanket sterilisation policy?

Hon SUE ELLERY replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question.

(1) The Dog Amendment (Stop Puppy Farming) Bill 2020 does not limit the number of bitches that a breeder may have. The member's question relates to the Animal Welfare Act's breeding standards and guidelines, which is a matter for the Minister for Agriculture and Food.

(2) The government took into consideration the expert advice provided and, as a result, will not require dogs to be sterilised until they are two years of age. Additionally, a dog is exempt from sterilisation if a veterinarian provides a certificate stating that sterilisation would adversely affect the health or welfare of the dog.