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Change pet keeping & breeding laws in New Zealand

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Please read the full petition description before you decide not to support. I am not advocating a ban on ALL breeders. I'm pushing for change in WHO is allowed to breed and keep pets. I think if you are a responsible pet owner or breeder than you should have no problem registering and singing up to random spca checks through the each year. This is not just rabbits. This is also aimed at criminals who breed dogs for fighting or people not desexing their cats and selling the kittens to make quick cash.

All breeders should have policies in place to ensure they know where their breeds go and that they are well looked after. Registration of your pets should include a desex voucher for ALL pets (unless a registered breeding animal) This would only have positive effects for all pets. Feel free to discuss this with me here as I am open to adding or changing the approach if you can educate me why this may not be the right way to go about it. I would rather know your thoughts then be ignored like many of these animals are.

Pet breeding as a hobby should not exist. Pets such as cats, dogs, rabbits, guinea pigs and many more species we keep as domestic pets are in no way endangered in fact New Zealand has one of the highest rates of stray/rescued animals in the developed world.

So why should everyday people be allowed to breed animals that we then turn around and cull because there are too many strays? Where did these strays come from in the first place? Half of them are surely lost or abandoned entire and able to breed more unwanted strays?

Then we encounter the problem of animal welfare; how many people are breeding pets as a hobby, some of these stories even getting media attention like it's cute?

The case on the above link is clearly well below national animal welfare standards yet our media thinks it's cute? Why does the MPI or SPCA not jump on cases like these?  Are these pictures not proof enough of how many animals are suffering at the hands of hoarders and hobbyists?

The amount of cats and dogs alone at the SPCA's is a never ending ever increasing viscous cycle to nowhere as long as any person including criminals have the right to keep, mistreat and breed animals with no supervision whatsoever.

Responsible pet owners are often at a loss when facing roaming dogs and cats who attack their pets or family. They often fear prosecution or worse the return of the killer starving strays who are only trying to survive themselves. 

Criminals breed bad lines into bad homes and worse they breed for dog fighting rings! How can we allow this to continue when we have all the power to stop these atrocities!

I suggest a compete overhaul of the pet keeping policies we currently have. I propose a blanket policy on all pet owners needing SPCA approval and registration to keep a pet and that breeders of particular interests of cats, dogs and rabbits are to be fully certified and registered as a breeder for a specific cause. Be it to retain a breed quality or bloodline it should be for a reason deemed necessary to the breed and not necessary to the human eye.

Humans should not be allowed to profit from the sale of sentient beings without adequate measures to ensure all animals are entitled to basic living rights, love and respect.

I hope our newly formed government heeds the call from our most vulnerable souls.

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