Many Victorian Members will be aware of changes in legislation brought in by the current Government around the sale of puppies and dogs. While aimed at “puppy farms,” it has greatly affected the sale of all dogs, including kelpies. Some details within the legislation:
There was no consultation with Livestock Working Dog breeders prior to this legislation taking effect.
The DPI Vic is currently conducting a review of the Code for Breeding and Rearing Establishments.
The WKC Board has asked for representation on further proposed legislation changes to the Code and John Gedye attended the first workshop in Melbourne. Nancy Withers attended the second. Dennis Neal has also been in consultation with them. All three worked together to make a presentation on your behalf which John delivered at the first workshop, along with draft copy of our new Code of Welfare for Livestock Working Dogs being developed for these dogs, by the WKC, under the AAWS Strategy.
It is the opinion of your Representatives that many WKC member/breeders may not be aware of the current requirements for Breeding and Rearing Establishments and we urge you to view these on the website: www.legislation.vic.gov.au (Part 4) or www.dpi.vic.gov.au then go to ‘pets”. Some points are:
Nancy Withers 03 5579 1231
John Gedye 03 5259 3597
Dennis Neal 03 5197 7284
All Breeder Members
All member breeders need to be aware that stringent efforts are being taken Australia wide to try and stop or control “Puppy Farm” operators however as praiseworthy as this may be no consideration is being given to the breeders of livestock working dogs which are an extremely important part of our pastoral industries - there are many farms in Australia which could not be used for livestock production without the use of dogs.
Your Council is a stakeholder in the AAWS (Australian Animal Welfare Strategy) where the value of live stock dogs is recognised and they are not included in the companion dog section but grouped with other breeds used for specific type of work as are the guide dogs, police, quarantine, drug detection, rescue and greyhounds etc. We understand that Victoria adopted the AAWS model in respect to Guide dogs and Greyhounds.