Labor convenes animal welfare roundtable

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The NSW Opposition has today heard from the people on the front line in the fight to ensure the humane treatment of animals – with experts and advocates gathering at Parliament for an animal welfare roundtable. 

The roundtable follows alarming reports of the cruel treatment of animals across the state, including live baiting in the greyhound industry and overcrowded puppy farms with dogs breeding in appalling conditions. 

Labor has committed to introducing legislation to ban puppy farms with more than 10 dogs – and the Parliamentary Labor team will work with the experts to refine and improve the comprehensive animal welfare policy taken to the 2015 election.

Participants included the RSPCA, Oscar’s Law, Humane Society International, Voiceless the animal protection institute, World Animal Protection, the International Fund for Animal Welfare and the Animal Welfare League NSW.

“Cruel and inhumane treatment of animals has no place in our society,” Opposition Leader Luke Foley said.

“Labor has taken a strong stand on animal welfare but that doesn’t mean we should not be continuously seeking input from the experts, those on the ground, as we refine our policies.

“It’s critical to hear from those who come face to face with animal welfare issues if we are to stamp out some of the practices we unfortunately still see today.

“Today we heard ideas around registration of animals, stopping online puppy sales, breeder licensing and compliance, and more – these are just a few of the areas to be covered as we review our animal welfare policy.”

Shadow Minister for Primary Industries Mick Veitch said: “Working with stakeholders is a big part of finding the correct policy and legislative solutions to address animal welfare concerns - not just with companion animals but also in abattoirs, factory farming and more.” 

Shadow Minister for the Environment Penny Sharpe said: “The welfare of our native fauna can’t be progressed without looking after their native habitat. Today’s roundtable will make sure these issues are also addressed.”