Friday, June 3, 2011

Companion Animal Welfare Inquiry - help me get the word out!

On Thursday 12 May 2011 Member for Sydney Clover Moore gave notice in the NSW lower house that she would move a motion to set up a committee to inquire about companion animal welfare and make recommendations to Parliament. The wording of the motion is quoted below.

In 2009 during debate on Clover's Animals (Regulation of Sale) Bill, which would have banned the sale of cats and dogs in pet shops and markets and limited classified sales to responsible breeders and those rehoming pets, the Coalition said it could not support the bill without a full inquiry on companion animal welfare. Now that the Coalition is in Government, Clover is hoping it will honour this commitment, as Parliament needs to work to improve companion animal welfare.

Clover has included airplane travel in the terms of reference in response to reports of what happened to Kransky the French Bulldog at Sydney Airport on 1st February 2011.

Animal Liberation have also reported their organisation has heard other stories of poor treatment of animals in travel. If the inquiry happens, concerned parties would be able to make submissions to the Committee.

The motion will sit on the table awaiting debate, which is likely to happen later in 2011. This will involve Clover speaking to the motion, other speakers coming after her, her speaking in reply and then a vote on the motion. If the motion passes, an inquiry will happen, if it does not then it will not.

Please write to your local MP asking them to support the inquiry.

For further information:
Tammie Nardone
Research Assistant/Policy Officer for Clover Moore MP
Independent Member for Sydney
Ph: 02 9360 3053
Fax: 02 9331 6963

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 animal;
(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; 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.
(Notice given 12 May 2011)