Improving the enforcement of animal cruelty laws
The Victorian Government is granting increased and extensive powers to the RSPCA to further enforce legislation on domestic animal breeding businesses and pet shops. Tough regulation exist to help manage the breeding and selling of pets in Victoria.
New powers for RSPCA authorised officers will help increase scrutiny on pet shops and those selling pets. These changes provide greater enforcement of the Codes of Practice for the Operation of Breeding and Rearing Businesses and the Operation of Pet Shops.
RSPCA officers will be able to serve infringement notices and prosecute those selling pets illegally.
The Victorian Government has also flagged the intention to review the Code of Practice for the Operation of Pet Shops.
Proposed Amendments to the Domestic Animals Act
On August 20, 2014, the Victorian Government introduced legislation to Parliament to further strengthen and regulate dog and cat breeding laws. This proposed to place restrictions on those who have committed animal cruelty offences to own and run breeding businesses and tighten exemptions from adhering to the breeding and rearing code for members of specific breeding organisations. It also introduced new laws to ensure pet shops are recording where they are sourcing their animals for sale.