Dogs and Cats as Companion Animals

Committee Details

House of Assembly Standing Orders
52nd Parliament 06/05/2010 - 15/02/2014
Final Report tabled on 3 July 2013

Committee Function

That this House establish a Select Committee to investigate and report on the legislative and regulatory management of the trade in companion dogs and cats, with the goals of the elimination of cruelty and the reduction of the numbers of unwanted animals being euthanized, and in particular consider –

(a) options for the regulation of welfare standards for breeding companion dogs and cats;

(b) the adequacy of regulation of the source of companion dogs and cats for sale;

(c) the feasibility of a mandatory cooling off period between registering intent to purchase a companion dog or cat and taking possession of the animal;

(d) the adequacy of the regulation of non-retail-shop trade in companion dogs and cats;

(e) how the registration, micro chipping and desexing of companion dogs and cats might address these goals; and

(f) any other relevant matters.
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