Lee successfully moves a motion to discourage customers from buying puppies bred in puppy farms under inhumane conditions, and calls on all state and territory governments to adopt a consistent National Register of organisations that are approved breeders, and issue permits to such organisations.
Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (15:50): I move:
That the Senate-
(a) notes that:
(i) many of the puppies that will be given as presents this Christmas will have been bred in puppy farms and raised under inhumane conditions without the opportunity to socialize,
(ii) many of the bitches are forced to breed continuously in barren pens, often starting from as young as 6 months, and
(iii) the majority of puppies purchased informally, online and from pet shops cannot be traced;
(b) urges all customers considering purchasing a puppy as a present to only buy from registered and reputable breeders after inspecting breeding facilities;
(c) encourages customers to adopt rescued animals from pounds or animal shelters;
(d) calls on all state and territory governments to adopt a consistent National Register of organisations that are approved breeders, and issue permits to such organisations; and
(e) encourages all state and territory governments:
(i) to regulate the sale of cats and dogs via online services, in pet shops and at local markets, and
(ii) who do not have a register and breeder permit system to consider adopting such a system.
Question agreed to.
The DEPUTY PRESIDENT: The puppies are relieved! That concludes formal business.