Huge changes are set for Australian pet owners with animal welfare groups pushing the need for a LICENSE just to own a cat or dog
- The Australian Animal Protection Society wants to see licenses for pet ownership
- Animal rights advocates say education will end impulse buying of animals
- Victoria’s budget included $18.6 million for animal welfare initiatives
Plans to improve Victoria’s pet sector will improve the quality of life for thousands of cats and dogs, animal welfare groups say.
A state task force led by Animal Justice Party MK Andy Meddick has made 17 recommendations to the government, which could lead to a mandatory repatriation policy for appropriate cats and dogs used in research and science. education.
A regulatory review, specifically focused on the retirement age for these animals, was also approved.
The task force also called for safeguards to minimize the use of euthanasia for animals with treatable or manageable health conditions.
Plans to improve the pet care sector in Victoria will improve the quality of life for thousands of cats and dogs, animal welfare groups say
The recommendations are designed to set consistent standards of care for rehousing, said Melbourne-based animal rights group the Australian Animal Protection Society.
This group also wants the regulations to go further.
“I would love to see people have a license to own a pet,” said the company’s chief executive, Megan Seccull.
“If you have to go through some sort of education program to understand exactly what having a pet entails, then that will eliminate impulse buying.”
RSPCA Victoria made submissions to the inquiry, which led to a number of recommendations in the report.
“As a socially responsible shelter, the RSPCA Victoria believes that transparency, including reporting of animal plight, collaboration and the continuous improvement of standards, is essential to ensure that all animals are treated humanely. “said general manager Liz Walker.
“The RSPCA Victoria supports the regulation of rehousing groups to help ensure that all animal welfare organizations are transparent and adhere to the same standards.”
A state task force led by Animal Justice Party Congressman Andy Meddick has made 17 recommendations to the government, which could lead to a mandatory repatriation policy for appropriate cats and dogs used in research and science. education.
The Lost Dogs Home, which housed 4,758 pets last year, also welcomed the support.
Much more needs to be done with the help of supported and dedicated donors, staff and volunteers, a spokeswoman said.
Last month’s budget included $18.6 million for animal welfare initiatives.