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I, AS A SUPPORT OF ANIMAL WELFARE IMPROVEMENT, FORMALLY DECLARE MY SUPPORT FOR INDEPENDENT MINISTER CLOVER MOORE’S MOTION FOR A SELECT COMMITTEE INQUIRY IN THE NSW PARLIAMENT.
I SUPPORT THE MOTION:
MS CLOVER MOORE to move—
That this House:
(1) Appoints a select committee to inquire on companion animal welfare with the view to improving their welfare.
(2) That the committee consider the following:
(a) The number and cause of companion animals arriving in NSW shelters and pounds each year and their outcome, such as whether they get re-homed, re-united or euthanized;
(b) Breeding of companion animals;
(c) The practices associated with the sale of companion animals including from pet shops, markets, pounds, shelters, on-line, classifieds, or to the overseas market;
(d) Mandatory desexing including prior to sale;
(e) The effectiveness and enforcement of Department of Primary Industries’ companion animal policies, standards and guidelines;
(f) The effectiveness of the Companion Animals Act and its application by local government;
(g) The effectiveness of micro-chipping;
(h) Treatment of companion animals travelling by airplane;
(i) The impact of pet bans in accommodation including apartments, strata, retirement villages, and rental properties;
(j) The impact of pet bans on public transport;
(k) The existence and effectiveness of education programs on responsible pet ownership, including the importance of desexing;
(l) Data collection by government and non-government agencies to inform and monitor companion animal welfare; and,
(m) Any other matter relevant to improving companion animal welfare.
(3) That the Committee consist of six members as follows:
(a) Ms Clover Moore, who shall be Chair of the committee;
(b) Three shall be from the Government; and,
(c) Two non-government members.
(4) That the members be nominated in writing to the Clerk of the Legislative Assembly by the relevant party leaders within seven calendar days of the passing of this resolution.
(5) That at any meeting of the committee four members shall constitute a quorum.
Notes by Deathrowpets:
The enquiry needs to establish: -real data, real pound figures and the real statistics on breeding, dumping and animal management and disposal /rehoming -the inter-relationships between government officials and all the entities in the commercial pet industry -what goes on in the supply chain of mass production breeders, registered or unregistered, the backyard breeding industry and through pet shops - how and from where animals are sourced, and the treatment they receive at all steps in the supply chain -why people surrender or dump their animals in increasing quantities -why and how NSW hi-rise housing policies prevent people from keeping pets at their homes -the cost to the NSW Taxpayer of this supply chain that produces more animals than it can currently find homes for -the human and emotional costs to the thousands of pound workers, rescuers, volunteers, foster carers and euthanasia technicians involved in a broken system -what PR and marketing influences have been applied to government by vested interests in the pet supply chain -why vested interests continue to obfuscate the reasons for mandatory desexing at point of sale or at the correct age called upon by animal welfare groups. And finally and not limited to, how and why the animal welfare strategy by a number of Councils does not serve the interests of the animals.