The Pet Industry Association of Australia (PIAA) has released an AdvocacyPaper urging the Victorian Government to include animals in redrawing thestate’s coronavirus roadmap, and amend the Victorian Essential Services Act1958 to ensure that animal welfare is an express category of essentialservices in relation to declaring states of emergency and disaster.

Please find media release below.

  • The PIAA welcomed the Victorian Government’s announcement last week that onsite dog grooming services can reopen from 20 September, but is seeking urgent discussion about reopening other services that are essential to the welfare of Melbourne’s pets and their owners.
  • Essential animal services including boarding, training and mobile grooming can happen safely with minimal COVID-19 risk and provide much needed support and relief to pets and owners in the community, including frail elderly, people with disabilities, victims of domestic violence or those with restricted mobility.
  • Beckie Newcombe, owner of Beck’s Boarding Retreat Establishment in Melbourne, says her facility has seen pets of domestic violence victims on numerous occasions throughout this pandemic. “Pets are innocent victims in this pandemic, and we as humans have a duty of care to ensure pet owners have access to essential animal welfare services for the benefit of both the owner and their pet,” she says.

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