NORTHERN Tablelands MP Adam Marshall has today been appointed as the Chair of the recently announced Joint Select Committeeto conduct an inquiry intoCompanion Animal Breeding Practices in NSW.
Welcoming the role, Mr Marshall said the committee’s inquiry was an important first step in creating a more accountable, consistent and, most importantly, protective systems for those animals that are part of the breeding industry.
“I am looking forward to having this committee getting down the business of having a long hard look at the animal breeding industry in NSW, to strengthen the NSW Government’s approach to puppy factories and to eliminate rogue operators,” Mr Marshall said.
“The committee consists of nine members – five from the Legislative Assembly and four from the Legislative Council.”
Terms of reference set out for the Committee are:
- The current situation in NSW in comparison with other jurisdictions;
- Proposals to limit the number of animals allowed to be kept by breeders;
- Calls to implement a breeders’ licensing system;
- The implications of banning the sale of dogs and cats in pet stores;
- Any legislative changes that may be required; and
- Any other related matter.
“It is really important to look at what we should be doing in NSW, including breeder licensing, limiting the number of companion animals that breeders can have on their properties and looking at other associated issues with the sale of those animals,” Mr Marshall said.
“We’ll be consulting widely with stakeholders and looking at regulations in other jurisdictions.
“The committee will be calling for submissions shortly and, as the committee chair, I encourage people from across the industry and in the community to take part.
“I take issue of animal welfare very seriously and look forward to working with my fellow committee members to recommend much-needed improvements in the regulation and monitoring of this industry in NSW.”
Mr Marshall said the committee would report to Parliament by 31 August 2015 and would meet for the first time tomorrow morning to agree on the inquiry schedule.