Petition to Melina Bath
EXCLUDE TRUE WORKING FARM DOGS from the new Domestic Animals Amendment Bill 2016,
We request that our working farm dogs are allowed to serve the purpose they are bred for and continue to be valued workmates and family members. Working dogs should be exempt from The Domestic Animals Amendment Bill 2016 as they are in New South Wales and South Australia. The amendment to the bill is directly aimed at puppy farmers and the true farm working dogs will be an unfortunate casualty if not exempt. Farmers don't operate puppy farms. What we really need in the amendment is a separation between true farm working dogs from puppy farm dogs, although these are technically working dogs they need to come under a different banner. We would therefore ask the government to enforce the current code of practice as a stringent means to stamp out animal cruelty and not to punish farmers. Working dogs, although they instinctively herd, can take years to educate, and farmers have numerous dogs so that dogs can be rested, and retired. The proposed changes would mean that dogs would have to work harder, with fewer up and coming dogs kept, bred and trained. Working dogs contribute $1bn annually to the agriculture industry (Sydney University Farm Dog Project) One dog alone earns $40,000 assisting its owner to carry out the day to day tasks. Without working dogs livestock contractors, carriers, shearers & Sale yards will be unable to continue their businesses economically and efficiently and animal welfare in these areas will decline. These dogs VERY important to the agriculture industry. They carry bloodlines dating back hundreds of years and the loss of these bloodlines by being forced to reduce the number of fertile female dog numbers will have a significant impact on these bloodlines and will affect already struggling working dog owners in the country. On the 16th December 2016 several South Gippsland Victorian Working Sheep Dog Association members held a meeting with Melina Bath MLC, a member of the Legislative Council representing South Eastern Victorian regarding the envisaged dramatic changes to the Dog Laws. The changes and the detrimental impact on Working Sheep Dogs was discussed, and this petition will be presented to the Victorian Parliament. and as many MP’s as possible.
Petition to RSPCA
STOP PUPPY FARMING
Puppy farms, also known as puppy factories or puppy mills, are intense breeding facilities that churn out puppy litters for profit, often at the expense of the health and wellbeing of the animals. Sadly, it's a lucrative business in Australia, and one that raises serious welfare concerns. According to the RSPCA, a puppy-farming environment where dogs can be caged in conditions similar to those of battery hens, can cause long-term health and behavioural problems in breeding dogs and their puppies, due to: extreme confinement – in some cases breeding animals may never be allowed out of their cage to exercise, play, socialise, have companionship or even to go to the toiletinadequate veterinary care and general care (grooming and parasite control)unhygienic living conditionsinadequate and overcrowded housing conditions. This is not funny. We need to stop it NOW.
Petition to Highpoint Maribrynong Centre Mana
Stop Cruelty of selling Puppies in Pet Shops
Top Pets at Highpoint Maribrynong are selling puppies which I have been told by a reliable source have previously come from puppy farms. They are selling at exorbitant prices with no papers or history. Various breeds including Great Danes to Staffies. They are getting them at 6 weeks of age and they are left in these enclosures all the time as I was told by staff "they are open seven days a week". The only relief from the hot lights on them being a frozen bottle of water. This practice is archaic and cruel please sign to try and get them to stop and get the Centre Management of this shopping centre to listen to our protest of this behaviour. Puppies are available from Reputable Breeders and Rescue Centres at a fraction of what they are charging here.
Petition to Oscars Law, RSPCA
SHUT DOWN KARINGAL PETS
HELP STOP THIS UNNECESSARY CRUELTY Karingal Pets in Frankston, VIC is a pet shop who sell puppies which are in small glass cages with limited air supply. Water is always low and the cage is always a mess. These puppies need exercise, they are stuck in these cages with no walking and running space, how do they play and run a muck like a normal little healthy pup?!? There are also TOO many puppies in the one cage, which is not ideal and not healthy for these little pups! Walking past when they are closed you can hear the poor puppies crying and howling, they are clearly in distress and need saving. PLEASE HELP SIGN THIS PETITION
Petition to Legistlative assembly of South Australia, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), RSPCA South Australia
Pablos pledge (no more puppies in pet shops
Pet shops in South Australia are currently legally allowed to sell puppies. New legislation regarding their welfare comes into effect in 2018. This process won’t stop pet shop puppy sales and its doubtable all husbandry and welfare issue relating to pet shop puppies will be appropriately managed or adequately overseen.There are numerous areas of concern with regard to pet shop puppies.1. these puppies often come from largescale puppy farm setups, where they are subjected to horrendous conditions, kennelled in dirty decrepit small pens with inadequate food and shelter and no social interaction or Veterinary care. Sadly for the sole purpose of making money.2. Pet shops are hardly a better environment for pups as young as 6 weeks old, again kept in small glass boxes with nothing but shredded paper and a bowl of water. While passer byes poke and prod at the glass, tormenting these already fragile animals causing health and social issues.3. At this critical learning period of their lives they should be with their mother getting the nutrients they need and learning good behaviours from their mum, siblings and responsible educated breeders.‘4. The pups are advertised and sold as a trending easy-care “popular breed” and sent to unsuspecting homes with false misleading information about their care requirements. Leading to ownership problems and with them ending up unwanted and dumped in shelters waiting on death row. I am calling on local and state government to legislate and stop the trade of puppies and kittens in pet shops. Thereby stifling the puppy farm/millers easy outlet to offload their "stock" and reducing the burden on the pounds and rescue centres when unsuspecting purchasers relinquish unsuitable pups to them. PABLOS STORYAfter seeing pictures and reading a story on social media about a pup being separated from his litter mates in a small pen for playing too rough I decided to investigate a little further.I was initially drawn in by the story as the pictured pooch looked suspiciously like a breed I am very familiar with, the Murray River Retriever. The MRR are a highly active medium to heavy shedding gundog very similar to the American and Springer Spaniels. A far cry from the low shedding, hypoallergenic low activity level Labrador x Miniature Poodle they were advertising him as.I visited the store and asked a number of questions some of which I already knew the answers to. If the pet shop had of known what I knew I suspect they would have answered very differently. I received the following answers: that the puppies were low shedding, hypoallergenic and not overly active. I was given the pups date of birth and told they were born in the Riverland. When I asked if I could have the breeders contact details this was denied.After all of this I asked if I could take a look at the pups and hold them this is when I became certain they were in fact Murray River Retrievers as first suspected. But more alarmingly I became aware of the poor physical condition they were in. They were under fed, highly stressed, ears full of gunk and their bodies completely covered in little scabs hidden under their patchy fur.I left the pet shop and fed this information I had found back to an association I am a member of. As I typed information about these puppies I became more and more upset and determined to get these pups out of this horrible situation.Emotionally charged I went back to the pet shop not sure what I was going to do. I told the sales girl I wanted to buy the most aggressive pup. She promptly took him out and placed him in my arms walking me to the counter. Again another irresponsible act, there was no screening in the selection process whatsoever. For all they knew I could have been a part of a dog fighting ring. This upset me further, I promptly left the shop with the pup tucked under my arm sternly telling them the reasons I was taking him and why I would not pay them.I got the pup home and he was a shattered puppy, skinny, frightened, covered in little sores and hiding behind any little bit of furniture he could find. The next 2 weeks were spent feeding him several times a day showing him the love and support he so desperately needed and slowly nursing him back to health. He was taken to the vet after a week where he was health checked vaccinated microchipped and wormed. The vet advised us the sores were caused by either stress or poor nutrition or perhaps a combination of both. We named the pup Pablo.Pablo is now doing exceptionally well given his sad beginning. His fur is still a little thin and patchy but he is now a chubby little pup, his skin is scab free , he is no longer wary and he is socialising appropriately with my 3 other dogs Matilda, Coco, & Ollie.After talking with the association I have been informed that they coordinated the rescue of his 2 remaining siblings.Unfortunately not all stories have a happy ending like this one; let’s stop the rotten puppy farming and Pet shop sales practices in South Australia aligning with other Australian States and Territories. I strongly believe that puppy farming and pet shops have a major role in the unwanted pet population problems existing in South Australia.Please sign my petition if you agree. With thanks.