The Nationals Gippsland South Agriculture

Labor’s shame on animal welfare and Gippsland jobs

The Andrews Labor Government stands condemned for threatening Gippsland jobs and animal welfare with the passage of its dog breeding legislation today.

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien said the absurd decision to outlaw any dog breeder with more than 10 breeding females (or up to 50 in some circumstances) would send animal welfare backwards in this state, cost jobs in Gippsland, and impact the ability of families to find and afford their dog of choice in the future.

“No one supports cruel and abhorrent breeding practices but instead of listening to experts like the RSPCA and the Australian Veterinary Association (AVA), Labor bowed to animal rights activists and will send pet care and breeding backwards in Victoria,” Mr O’Brien said.

“In the Wellington Shire we have some of the most professional animal breeders in the state, if not Australia, who may now be forced out of business by Labor’s absurd cap on dog numbers.

“The RSPCA and the AVA have made it clear there is no scientific evidence that animal welfare is linked to the number of animals you have.  Anyone who has anything to do with animals could tell Labor that animal welfare is how you treat an animal not how many of them you have.

“Yet Labor ignored the experts and will put Gippsland workers out of a job while sending the price of family dogs through the roof.

“I feel so sorry for the many Gippslanders who will lose their jobs out of this decision including a number of intellectually disabled people who work to help socialise puppies.

“Unfortunately under this legislation responsible, law-abiding and professional breeders will be outlawed and a black market with dodgy and cruel breeders will flourish.

“The Liberal Nationals were supportive of parts of the Bill, including the new Pet Exchange and Source Number system that was added at the last moment after lobbying from stakeholders, but we remain dismayed that Labor refused all the way through to listen to the experts advising that a cap on breeding numbers will not translate to the animal welfare improvements that we all desire.”

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